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Empty Churches on 9/11

What does it take to get America to pray? Thirteen years ago, we had our answer. Now, as time has removed us from that tragic day, with buildings rebuilt and a new holiday on the calendar we walk into so many churches across our country and find them just as we found them on September 10, 2001…empty.

As a veteran, I can’t help but take this personally.

Lord, why do you allow evil in our world? Perhaps the immediate return to Him after September 11 contains some of the answer. Not to say that God saw our land and empty churches and said, “No praying America? I’ll show you!” Sadly, many of our Christian brothers and sisters see God in this light. It is a pollution of the gospel and a projection of our broken humanity onto an unfathomably all-loving and forgiving God.

God never allows evil to happen (that is evil brought on by our free will and cooperation, mind you) without there being a greater glory that can come from it. He’s not in the business of throwing away lives. He is in the business of salvation, and every tragedy that he allows in our lives is meant to draw us back to a deeper devotion, dependence, and relationship with him. He knows our default is to pray in foxholes, cry to him when wounded, and seek him in catastrophe. For some reason, it’s the only thing that makes sense amidst senseless tragedy. Continue Reading…

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