It captivates me. The images and sounds bring me back to the emotions I had that day. It was like cold water being thrown in my face, it woke me up.
The fear, the uncertainty. The overwhelming sense that we would never be the same. Never.
These emotions come as I feel there is a whirlwind of confusion in our world and especially the church today. All the voices screaming different opinions.
The right wing.
The left wing
Some are chanting the praises of the Glenn Beck, and the "Restoring Honor" movement.
Others consider him a type of false prophet and even "breaking up" with him.
There are those saying we need to get into church and stay there.
And those saying we need to BE the church...regardless of where we are.
So many voices and opinions can get tiring to say the least.
I'm not writing this to tell you WHAT to believe. You have to iron that out yourself. Frankly I'm sick of being told what to believe. I hope you are too!
But I want look at a few verses that help me keep my feet on stable ground.
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Period. No question.
Don't follow a movement, don't follow a person, follow Jesus.
He is the way. the truth and the life.
Salvation is not found anywhere else.
If salvation is offered with a list of requirements...throw it out. It's not truth.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you,
so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my
disciples, if you love one another."
And again, Jesus' words tell us:
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.
Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the
commandments, which is the most important?"
29"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
These are foundational. There are many more, but if we look at these three verses we have a real good idea what is most important.
9/11 was a wake up call.
In the same way, I believe we as the body of Christ need a wake up call today.
1 Cor. 3:3
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling
among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4 For when one
says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through
whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted
the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants
nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things
grow. 8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and
each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9 For we are God's fellow
workers; you are God's field, God's building.
Time to follow Jesus.
Could you do that?
If the churches were all shut down today, could you do that?
Do you know enough about God's Word and truth that you would know how to live?
Do you have relationships with other believers that would keep you strong?
Could you live this verse without a church building?
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I'm NOT saying we should do this without attending church, but if we don't know how to do this without attending a church on Sundays...we're in trouble.
It's time for many of us to wake up and pay attention.
What do we believe and why?
Are we standing on our own two feet with our convictions or are we mindlessly getting caught up in all the voices trying to persuade us?
What do you believe?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
EDITED to add:
I want to clarify that I'm not saying the articles I linked are wrong...I was just throwing up articles that gave the different viewpoints. I happen to agree with some of those viewpoints.