Remembering 9-11: A Call for Heroes
- Tuesday, September 09, 2003
A Hurting World Awaits
The world is looking for answers. Why should they say, "Where is their God?" God is looking for modern day heroes of the faith that rise to the occasion, who like Moses and Aaron are willing to stand between the living and the dead to stop the plague of sin and destruction (Numbers 16:43-48).
This is not a comfortable place to be! Most of us would rather be spectators in the epic battles of our times. "Hurrah for Jesus!" we shout from the grandstands. Or maybe we're more concerned and upset about possible baseball strikes, than we are for a world in crisis.
Instead of standing in the gap between the living and the dead, we sit in comfort on our padded pews. Instead of running into the flames to rescue lost souls, we piously hide out in our stained-glass coffins.
George MacLeod, a famous Scottish preacher once said: "I simply argue that the cross should be raised in the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town's garbage heap; at a crossroads, so cosmopolitan they had to write his title in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. At the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. That is what He died for. And that is what He died about. And that is where church people ought to be, and what church people ought to be about."
Echoing this same passion for intercessory evangelism C.T. Studd wrote, "Some like to live within the sound of church or chapel bells; I'd rather run a rescue shop within a yard of hell."
To quote my friend, Pastor Dale Bronner from Atlanta, "Our Passion for Christ must be greater than our Passion for anything else."
Is there hope that we can really make an impact? Yes, indeed! As Winkey Pratney once said, "When God finds someone with courage to pray, preach, and live a life before Him of holiness and compassion, He can literally change the face of a nation."
Courage and character in any man or woman shine most brightly in times of crisis and intense pressure. The sirens and alarms are screaming a resounding cry, "Spare Your People, O Lord." You and I can be a part of the largest, mobilized rescue effort in our day as we reach the multitudes living on the edge of eternity. The question is, "will we answer the call?"
911 - is a number we dial in America in time of emergency. Emergencies are typically times of crisis and desperation in which quick intervention is needed. We can see tragedy turn to triumph as we call on the Lord in time of crisis. He answers when we call with comfort, peace and promise for the future. While many remember 911 as a time of great tragedy, crisis and despair, may we the church bring a message of hope. It's time to call on the Lord. It's time see God bring triumph from tragedy, victory from crisis, and hope from despair. Let's look at what God can do when we call on His 911.
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