Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Remembering 9/11/2001

It's been seven years since the planes were aimed at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Yet even while we were in shock from the tragedies and filling the church pews, some clergy were already counseling us to seek inside ourselves to change that which provoked the attacks.

In other words, they told us to blame the victims for the crime.

I reject that interpretation. After all, the radical jihadists have made it quite clear that they have no desire to share the planet with us infidels.

Four years later, 9/11 fell on a Sunday and my pastor opted to use a memorial litany that made my blood boil. So I wrote a letter to my pastor in protest, "Why I didn't go to Church today", dissecting the litany and proposing a new one. Herewith is my Litany for Liberal Christians:
We have focused on our own short-comings as individuals and as a nation with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but failed to move forward and seek constructive ways to build a better world.

We have been fearful of change, clinging to failed policies and ideologies, unwilling to face realities that don't fit neatly into how we understand the world works.

We have learned the wrong lessons from history, focused on our mistakes and ignored our victories.

We have cheered when cartoon heroes fight evil doers, but declined to call evil by name in the real world. We have apologized to our enemies for our very existence while rebuking our leaders for fighting that evil.

We have been hypocrites, piously intoning our commitment to freedom and self-determination for all people, freedom of religion, economic justice, and women's rights, while castigating those who are working to achieve those lofty ideals in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, and elsewhere.

We have been timid in our Christianity, instead making sacrifices at the altars of "multi-culturalism" and "political correctness" that have sapped our strength and undermined the Great Commission to proclaim to the world that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Great God, forgive us.

Related posts:
Why I didn't go to Church today
Litany for Liberal Christians
Overcoming Evil with Good
Stuck on Stupid
Creating Positive Change