ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
WILL YOUR TOWER TUMBLE?
The awful and horrendous events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 revealed to all Americans and a stunned world just how terrifying terrorism can be. In a few brief and shocking moments and through a few brief but unbelievably violent actions, a handful of radical and horribly misguided individuals jerked our world back to raw reality-when God does not guide the attitudes and/or actions of men, or rather when men are guided by false and twisted notions of God, or when God is used as guise to cover up evil and wicked and self-serving agendas, there is no limit or restraint on man's inhumanity to man.
For several years my family and I lived about 90 miles west of New York City. On a few occasions I was able to visit the southern tower of the World Trade Center and view Manhattan from the observation deck atop the I 101 story of this immense building. The view was unbelievable and the feeling was indescribable. My mind is still struggling to come to grips with the fact that these enormous structures, each about a quarter of a mile tall and seemingly indestructible, are no longer there. Fifty thousand people worked in them. They contained tens of millions of square feet of office space for business and service enterprises from around the globe. They took years to construct, and stood as proud monuments to America's economic strength and prowess for thirty years. And now they are gone. What took hundreds of millions of dollars and millions of man-hours to build collapsed and crashed to the ground in a huge cloud of dust and debris, not in a few years or months or days or even hours, but in the space of a few brief minutes. And in the process several thousands of innocent people were carried to their deaths. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, relief workers, and for our President and other leaders around -the world as they seek to devise a strategy and response to terrorists and terrorism. Inside this bulletin is an address where you can send aid to and through the church in Manhattan if you wish.
First Peter 1:24-25 admonishes us, "All f lesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the f lower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures forever." Peter's words are intended to make us think about the towers we are laboring to build-are they temporary or eternal, physical or spiritual? Only two things last will forever - the word/work of God and the souls of people. All man-made towers will someday tumble. May God help us invest in that which lasts forever.
Smithville church of Christ