Sunday, June 22, 2008

Christian Response to 9-11

The Christian Response to 9-11

While some Christians are making the choice to become completely consumed in the supposed conspiratorial cause(s) of the 9-11 tragedies, even to the point of not being able to sit down to a meal with their families without discussing the “need” that we be “paranoid enough”, other Christians have responded in a manner consistent with God’s teaching that we fear only Him. (See Isaiah 8)

Below are some quotes that show how responsible Christians reacted to the tragedies in statements made directly after the attacks in September, 2001. Transforming crisis into hope is the Christian way.

Pope John Paul II stated: “But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail. Christ’s word is the only one that can give a response to the questions which trouble our spirit. Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say.”

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr. Peter Jensen stated: "The violence that has occurred is an evidence of the evil that resides in this world. May we all turn for comfort to the loving and gracious God, who is not absent from human suffering, but who is present with us, waiting for us to call upon him for forgiveness, mercy and love. "We may heed and read the words of Psalm 46: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way... The Lord Almighty is with us."

Kirsty Smith, manager of the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) in Britain, said her agency is "available to channel any money that people may want to give to support relief efforts." Furthermore, a statement from the United Methodist Council of Bishops said: "It is a time of national grief and sorrow. It is also a time for gathering, for strength and for prayer. Our hearts are open to all those who have been personally affected by this national tragedy. United Methodist churches will be holding prayer vigils throughout the world tonight and tomorrow night. We invite you to join us in praying for wisdom, comfort and healing in this difficult time."

American Baptist Churches USA Interim General Secretary Robert H. Roberts stated: "We pray that as Christians charged with the ministry of reconciliation we continue to work-now with renewed incentive-for the healing of this world. We call upon American Baptists to look to our Savior Jesus Christ as the model for all our thought and action in times of trial, and to work in His name toward that healing. May the Spirit of Almighty God take this tragic day and set forth in its aftermath the miracle of redemption and renewal."

United Church of Christ statement: “This is a time of testing for our souls. May we remember that our only comfort is that we belong to Christ.”

Presbyterian Church (USA) quoted Christ: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” General Assembly Moderator Jack Rogers told Presbyterians to "support the leaders of our government, and also be a voice of compassion and restraint" at a time when "it would be so easy to lash out blindly and vindictively."

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