. . . (A)nd gently lead those who are with young.
— Isaiah 40:11
Like everybody else, on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, my eyes were riveted on the TV images of the Twin Towers going down.
I cried at the human bodies falling, imagining the terror in their hearts as they plunged to certain death. I pitied the panicked people running through the ashes and smoke on New York City streets.…
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ
have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if ye be Christ’s,
then are ye Abraham’s seed
and heirs according to the promise.
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints,
and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:
and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. . . .
These shall make war with the Lamb,
and the Lamb shall overcome them:
for he is Lord of lords,
The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
— Psalm 14:1a
There are a couple of online bulletin boards that I visit from time to time that touch on spiritual issues. They are frequented by Christian believers like me, by followers of other religions, by agnostics, and also by atheists.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you,
and persecute you.
— Matthew 5:44
The winning weapon in the war against terrorism is not a nuke,