Monday, September 11, 2006


Like most other Americans, I have not been able to escape the reflections on that day 5 years ago. Has it really been 5 years? As I watched the President speak, and then the special docudrama on ABC, several thoughts overwhelmed me:

Life is fragile.

People are capable of extreme heroism.

People are capable of horrific evil.

There is a fine line between pride and arrogance.

Evil must be overcome with good.

Can there ever be peace on earth?

Have Americans learned anything?

Is the war on terror really happening because some people don't like democracy? Don't like us?

God of peace, Father of the Prince of Peace, may your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.


Victor said...

Good solid thoughts! I share them with you.

I reallly believe that this clash of civilizations is a clash of worldviews ... and as such, one wonders how much can be achieved by dialoguing and appeasement. Neville Chamberlain all over again? Either way this is not a good thing. Nevertheless, I believe that American pragmatic moralistic dualism ... will continue been challenged and exposed. The intersting thing is that in this clash of civilizations/worldviews terrorists tend to come across as more committed, while westerners, who by "their" worldview, are non-comitted and sitting on the proverbial fence. This is the innocence (naivete) that might be to stubborn and unbending (interesting for the non-committed). In the end ... what will happened to secular posmodernism? Will the Christian worldview be able to provide sanity and rest?

Arnie Adkison said...

I read an article today about one of my heroes, Dallas Willard. He teaches in his philosophy class at USC that "If you could find a better way, Jesus would be the first one to tell you to take it. And if you don't believe that about him, you don't have faith in him, because what you're really saying is that he would encourage you to believe something that is false." What an interesting tack. Could we who hold the Christian worldview that Victor speaks of here approach it that pragmatically? Is that a healthy approach?