9/11: Remembering the Consequence of a Ruthless Worldview
Every American remembers where they were on 9/11 in 2001.
On 9/11, an old religious worldview had a new effect on their lives.
America was not pleased to meet radical Islamic terrorism.
On 9/11 I was sitting in my barracks room at The Basic School getting ready to begin the 6-months of training to become a Marine rifleman and Platoon Commander.
I looked up from shining my boots as another Lieutenant popped his head into our room and told us something was happening in the news. Before long, terrorists flew the second plane into the World Trade Center.
America was being attacked by Islamic terrorists.
Do you think that’s old news? Think again.
Islamic militants were responsible for the deaths of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two embassy security personnel, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs during the Benghazi terrorist attacks on 9/11/12.
The Boston Marathon bombers are reported as having ties to terrorist groups in Chechnya, a place described by Washington Times contributor Shaun Waterman as a “hotbed of Islamic extremism.”¹
WorldNetDaily.com contributor and former senior news writer for Christianity Today magazine Art Moore writes how former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi describes Islam as, “fundamentally a supremacist, political religion that threatens Western civilization.”²
The Muslim Brotherhood . . . is the Sunni transnational movement founded in Egypt in 1928 that has spawned most of the major global terrorist movements, including al-Qaida and Hamas. Its aim is to help make Islamic law supreme over the world.³
Some worldviews call for shedding innocent blood, like on 9/11.
There is only one worldview where one person, both fully man and fully God, shed his own blood for all of humanity.
The Christian worldview includes a Great Commission to spread the Gospel, or “good news,” of Christ’s atoning work on the cross to all the nations of the world in Matthew 28:19-20.
Irish political philosopher Edmund Burke said:
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
People willing to kill innocent men, women, and children, will never integrate will with a society based on freedom and democracy. Stuart McAllister, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries director of the Americas region notes:
It’s only when you go to the worldview level that we start looking honestly and see that there are some things that cannot blend. 4
Jesus Christ says in John 15:13:
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (NIV)
There is no better worldview than that based upon the words of Jesus Christ, pure and undefiled.
How has 9/11 affected you?
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¹ Shaun Waterman, “Chechnya, a hotbed of Islamic extremism, producing separatists with increasingly jihadist tone,” The Washington Times, April 19, 2013, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/19/chechnya-hotbed-islamic-extremism-producing-separa/?page=all.
² Art Moore, “Ex-Muslim to spill truth at Ravi Zacharias conference,” WorldNetDaily.com, December 20, 2012, http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/ex-muslim-to-spill-truth-at-ravi-zacharias-conference/#t0x0abE9aPTautYG.99.
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About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.