“… That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Today, we celebrate, not the brutality of our enemies, but the courage of our fellow citizens. We remember, through the blackness, the dust covered faces of those who left the rubble of that tragedy. Some walked out, others were carried, and still others walked in to accomplish both. Thirteen years later, the horror of that day lingers, but the bravery of it resonates.
On that day, there were soldiers, and men of faith working together. It didn’t matter that one stood behind a pulpit, while the others drove a fire engine. Not far from both, soldiers use to foreign battlefields, readied to fight unknown obstacles in their back yards. My prayer today is for those who fight our physical enemies, and those who fight our spiritual ones. I encourage you both to keep up the good work that you are already accomplishing.
We are Americans, under God, standing together against a common foe. The same is as true today, as it was that day. A lot has happened since then, the feeling of cooperation may at times be forgotten, but it’s not gone, not completely. Today, both Republicans and Democrats stand ready to fight against terror. Some in suits, some in military fatigues, some at altars, but they stand.
Yes, we have our differences, but no, we are not all that different. Regardless of color, race, or religion, on that day we were all attacked. It didn’t matter to the terrorists how we voted, how we worshipped, or what color we were. They didn’t attack conservative Americans, nor did they attack liberal Americans. They attacked Americans.
Our country is not perfect, it wasn’t on that day, but we prevailed. As one nation, we bowed to God, asked for His help, and then went to work. We did it then, and we can do it now. America needs Revival, we need a Spiritual awakening to stand against the enemies of our soul as well as our soil. The day may seem dark, we may have our struggles, but we can succeed.
The military, the police, and our fire departments will keep fighting. Our Church has men and women right now committed to the future of our nation. As men and women of faith, we must do the same. Praying for our warriors, but also, being warriors in prayer ourselves.
You may ask, why mention our spiritual condition? Because at the moment of every great tragedy in our history, we realized something. From Washington to Lincoln, Roosevelt to Kennedy and beyond, they all knew one vital truth. We could not do this by ourselves, we needed His help. Once we aligned ourselves with the God of battles, the battles were won.
On this, the thirteenth anniversary, of the tragedy of our generation, we echo the words of Lincoln. As he stood on the battlefield of Gettysburg, not long removed from the smell of cannons, he told us something. He said, we must work, so that those who paid the ultimate price, wont’ have done it for naught. We must work to ensure that our nation continues, not simply the shell of a physical country, but the heart of a spiritual nation.
As Americans, we must seek the welfare of our country, our leaders, and our future. This means, just as Washington and Kennedy, we must take the battle to our closets, on our knees. We must pray, for salvation, for strength, and straight paths for this nation. Once we’ve left our knees, we must put our backs to the plow, sharing the love of Christ to every one we meet. There was a time when every red blooded American knew, and at least respected, The Blood Of Jesus. It is our mission, to see to it once again.
Don’t let anyone or anything discourage you in your faithfulness. We don’t know how much time we have left to work, I believe it’s not very long, but we must work. You are doing a great work, don’t give up, don’t give in, keep fighting, keep sowing! Work, work until the second of The Lord’s return. To the Church, “One nation under God”, isn’t only our pledge, it must be our practice.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men,]