Illusions of security

With fifteen years behind us, we’re developing a long-range perspective on the September 11th terrorist attacks on our nation.

Hopefully, the palpable shock and fear we felt will be passed on to the next generation.

All of us were permanently changed by 9/11. Laura Tinnel and her family live in the nation’s capital and her thoughts on that tragic day really resonate.

Like most everyone else who was watching, they thought the initial plane was an accident. But that was quickly dispelled when the second plane appeared.

“The realization that this was no accident struck like a head-on collision. Confusion and panic followed, as another plane hit closer to home. That day we lost something very dear: our sense of security. We realize now that in a free society, security is an illusion. But it is an illusion I would have preferred to keep.”

We lost an innocence as a nation that cannot be regained. This was happening on our own televisions. Horror enveloped the nation.

All planes were grounded and everyone went on alert. Suspicion and doubt followed us everywhere in the aftermath.

Security measures were dramatically increased for our protection. Yet, we complained loudly about the inconvenience and the suppression of our rights.

Time has passed, less is being done and we feel safer and more comfortable. We must beware complacency.

Security isn’t only physical. As spiritual beings, we’re at war and we must continually be alert and aware of the dangers (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemy Satan is relentless (1 Peter 5:8) and he knows all the tricks (John 8:44).

However, security can be an illusion. We don’t know what will happen and when.

The spiritual war is inescapable. We either utilize the weapons God’s provided (Ephesians 6:10-17) or we’ll be destroyed (Revelation 20:11-15). Cluelessness is never a defense.

Of course, we all hunger for the illusion of security where we can do as we please without consequence. That’s no longer possible in a world where terrorism is a constant threat.

Physically or spiritually, it’s no different. Danger never leaves us so we must always be ready and armed with the weaponry of God.

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