Most of the people I know were not alive on Dec. 7, 1941 but most everyone I know remembers what happened that day. When people hear that date there is generally a feeling of pride that wells up in their hearts, not because of the horrible attacks at Pearl Harbor that our nation endured on that day nearly 70 years ago now, but because of the way our nation responded to such an attack.
America would emerge from the ashes of Dec. 7, 1941, to become, without any doubt, the mightiest nation in the world.
In the year 2071, most of the people that were alive the day our nation came under the attack of al-Qaida on Sept. 11, 2001 will be long passed away, but I pray that our nation would look back on that day with the same sort of pride for our nation's response.
The past 10 years have not been an easy time for America. In many ways, I feel like we as a nation are still responding and how we will come out as a nation still hangs in the balance.
Most obviously we are still responding militarily. Even while I write this article thousands of young American men and women are fighting to rid the world of terror in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, many of whom watched the events of Sept. 11, 2001 on their fourth grade classroom televisions.
We are also responding in the realm of clashing world views. The debate over the "World Trade Center mosque" that was raging a year ago is evidence of this. The question, "How is America going to deal with a growing number of Muslims in America verses Islamic hostility towards America in the Middle East?" looms in the minds of many in the United States.
Our economy is still responding. Will America continue to be the most economically stable nation in the world? Today this is a legitimate question, whereas America's economic stability would have been considered a given 10 years ago.
How America comes out of this season in many ways has yet to be seen and for these reasons our response to Sept. 11, 2001 is not over.
The church is also still responding. In the past 10 years, the church in America has changed dramatically. The idea of a "Christian Nation" while still alive in the South and in parts of rural America is all but dead in most of our nations great cities.
American morality that had long been grounded in the Bible has now come into question and given way to an amoral postmodern world view. The divide between the generations is also more obvious than ever in our nation's churches with young and old refusing to listen to one another and work alongside each other.
I pray that in 2071 the world will look back at the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and say it was a day made America stronger. I pray that in 2071 the church will see the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as the day that began a series of events that led to great revival in this nation.
But more than any of that, I pray that I would remember that day, and that I would respond by acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.
I pray this that Jesus might be glorified in our nation and that in Him America would be strong.
Allow me to invite you attend the events First Baptist has scheduled for this Sept. 11. On Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., the First Baptist family will gather with the entire community on the Covington Square to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The key note speaker will be nationally known author and speaker Sean McDowell. Sean will then be preaching at our 9:45 and 11 a.m. services at First Baptist.
That afternoon at 4 and 6 p.m. our choir will be presenting a special musical production called, "Sweet Land of Liberty." This is an important day for our nation, our community, and our church and we would love for you to be a part of it.
Jason Dees is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Covington. He can be reached at 770-786-9031 or www.firstbaptistcovington.com or www.facebook.com/jasondees.