Jason B. Ladd

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9/11: Remembering the Consequence of a Ruthless Worldview


Where towers once stood.

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

Moore continues:

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.

But the vehicle of the Christian message is love, not the sword.

Irish political philosopher Edmund Burke said:

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

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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.

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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.

³ Ibid.

4 Ibid.

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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.

12 Replies

  1. Marilyn

    Thank you for liking my post, Horror, Valor…And Hope. And thank you for your service to our country. My father-in-law is also a Marine – at age 88, he will never be someone who WAS a Marine. At age 19, he fought and was seriously wounded at Iwo Jima. He is Always Faithful to the Marine Corps

    1. Marilyn, Thank you ALL for your service! I have a post with pictures from my visit to Iwo Jima in 2009 at http://wp.me/p3BzWN-do. Semper Fi!

  2. Virginia Schleich

    Thank you for visiting my blog. And thank you for your service to our country.

    1. Virginia, the honor is mine.

  3. Annette

    Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post about today. My husband is a retired Marine. We served 20 years and had an amazing journey together through all the ups and downs of military life. 20 years, 3 children and many homes later it is our faith in something better out there that has helped us to survive all the years of trials. We watched 9/11 happen from our home in Niagara Falls, NY. I had somehow managed to see absolutely NO news coverage from the time I got the children on the bus until my husband called me at work at about 11. He called because we had friends in the Pentagon. He, like everyone who saw me that day, assumed I knew but was just doing what needed to be done to get through my day. I didn’t. When he told me a plane had crashed into the Pentagon, I thought a little tiny thing, a two seater. I had no idea what had happened. I went home right away and I was afraid to turn on the radio while I was driving, so my first knowledge of the truth of the situation was not to hit home until I walked into my house and saw the replay of the impact on the towers. As he always has been, my husband was there to catch me as I collapsed on the floor. I could not have imagined such a horrific thing if I had tried. I remembered Oklahoma City and I knew of other horrible attacks, but these were planes, here, in America. To this day I can not watch the coverage. When we called to check on friends in the Pentagon we were directed to the Red Cross. They asked us for descriptions of our friends and then we were told we would have to wait to find out. Thankfully everyone was all right.

    The aftermath of this event was about anger for many people. For me it was about sadness. I can’t imagine hating anyone. I watched people I knew well sink deep into hatred. They hated Muslims, they hated Arabs, they hated anyone different. I could not do that. Yes, I was angry, but the men who did this were gone. Hating them would not help, it would not heal. Killing anyone would not help bring anyone back. It would not help me to make sense of it all. Instead I tried to help anyone I could. I gathered care packages and we raised money and we sent trucks to NY City. We sent our husbands to help where needed and we prayed. Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Jews, AMERICANS, we prayed. We never questioned who we were praying to or if we would be heard, we just did it. Our church held open services for ALL who wanted to come. We cleaned the walls of a local Islamic center that was vandalized and we refused to let hate rule our space. Today I feel the same. Muslims are NOT to blame. Christianity is as full of as many radicals in history as every other faith. We are not perfect. We can not judge. 9/11 taught me to believe even more in the truth of faith. Faith is believing and trusting and loving. It has nothing to do with hatred. Those who are extremists will do their worst. We will survive by showing them that love and faith, in all forms, is what will come out on top in the end.
    I have enjoyed reading through a few of your blog posts. 🙂 What a wonderful age when so many ideas can reach out to so many people and hopefully do some good. One heart changed and made better is a grand thing.

    1. Annette, I am honored to have you share your experience here. Thank you for all the years of dedicated service to you and your family. You provide an encouraging response to the action on 9/11. My wife was on the beltway searching for a job when I heard the Pentagon was hit. Of course, the phones were jammed. Your prayers and actions have undoubtedly helped towards an eventual solution to the problem of hatred in the world. God bless you and your family.

  4. Eric

    I am still of the strong opinion that while diplomacy and politics may fail against enemies of a person or country that fellowship and dialog about our true purpose to serve God is our best use of time here. I am not against any effort for peaceful solutions, nor am I speaking out against war. However, I do pray that more people of all places will be pleased to accept God into their hearts and minds.
    I posted a bit about my feelings here: http://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/9-1-1-timeline-and-grief-recalled/
    Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Eric, Well said, and nice post as well.

  5. Rebekah A

    I’m from the Boston area and I peripherally knew one of the pilots (my parents knew him better really). And I had a cousin just beginning with the marines at the time who works in the Pentagon now. I was a senior in high school, looking into colleges and I even remember the military recruiters’ big speeches that year. Saying we were in peacetime, we were probably going to stay that way for the duration of our time in the military, and so enlisting was a win-win: you could travel, get a free education, and no chance of actual combat so we should really consider the military in our college search. 🙂 Anyway 9/11 hit me pretty hard on multiple levels, but at 17 it took me awhile to realize what had happened and the impact of it. When the news first came in as I sat in English class, we actually laughed – not to be disrespectful and certainly not because we thought it was funny. It was the nervous giggle of a group of teenagers sitting in class together and not knowing what to do with the information we’d just gotten. As the second plane hit there was a scramble for everyone to get to the nearest TV, and the school got silent. We didn’t know many details yet but we knew it was very, very bad. We still hadn’t processed it but we were definitely beyond giggling. I overheard a teacher saying “this will change everything. This country will never be the same again” and for the first time I realized that this event would have a greater impact than could be figured out right then. I got home from school that day to find my sister home from college – she was a freshman and had only been away from home for about 2 weeks, but there was a group of Muslims in her dorm that were actually dancing around in the hallways and celebrating the attacks, and she no longer felt safe to be there. I didn’t have much of a relationship with God at the time, and I remember hating them. All of them. Deeply. For years. Hating them for wrecking our world, hating them for life never being the same again, hating them for the lives they took. Hating that there were husbands, wives, children who had to repeatedly watch the moment of their loved ones’ deaths on national TV. I happily sang the songs about the Statue of Liberty shaking her fist. I felt happy that the hijackers were ‘rotting in hell’. As the years passed and I grew in my walk with Christ I realized something. God loved Osama bin Laden as much as He loved the ones bin Laden killed. I remember realizing that and just crying. Crying as I realized how misguided my hate was and crying for the soul-deep brokenness that had to be happening, the disillusion and hate and deceit that could separate someone from God and send them so far away from such a deep love. Brokenness they were raised with, that they didn’t even necessarily know they had. Brokenness like that is bigger than one event, one person. I stopped hating and started praying. I could no longer be happy about ANYONE being in hell, no matter who they were. This year, as I heard about the marathon bombings and realized one of my best friends had crossed the finish line not 50 yards away when the bombs went off and her entire family was at the finish line waiting for her, I found that the place of hate inside me didn’t exist anymore. Instead, I found myself praying for God’s heart and God’s eyes over the situation, and feeling only sorrow. Ultimately I guess, for me, 9/11 was the event that sparked a years-in-the-making journey towards learning how to truly forgive, and to love beyond my own emotions. Which just shows how big God is. If He can make such a positive outcome from something so horrible….nothing is too big for Him.

    1. Rebekah, 9/11 is such a personal day. Thank you for sharing your story. It was impossible to avoid an emotional response from such a horrible act. It’s very understandable that hate would live in our hearts for a time afterward. Hate, in the proper context is detestable to the Lord. But hate directed at the proper things can be acceptable. The Bible clearly shows there are things God hates: those who do iniquity (Psalm 5:5), those who love violence (Psalm 11:5), haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, and feet that run rapidly to evil (Prov 6:16-19). Christians rightly compare hatred to murder when directed against their brother as described 1 John 3:15. But I think many Christians wrongly label hatred as a sinful emotion never to be directed toward anything. But hatred is a passionate dislike for something. We as Christians should hate evil. We should hate iniquity, and we should hate the fact that some people will choose to spend eternity separated from God. You rightly chose not to hate the people that committed the 9/11 atrocities. A large portion of the church is already lukewarm. Stripping them of their passions to hate what God hates only makes the water more tepid. You are right to focus on love, for that is the nature of God and the purpose for our being. I guess what I’m trying to say is that hate is not a dirty word, when directed at the right things (and not at people).

  6. Teague

    Even 12 years after the fact, I found myself grieving on 9/11 this year. What a horrible tragedy it was. A favorite book of mine is “Church History in Plain Language” by Bruce Shelley. He opens the book by saying, “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” What a different way Jesus walked & calls us to walk. Thank you for your military service!

    1. Thanks for the quote. Christianity is truly unique among the world religions, and filled with wondrous mysteries for us to explore. Thanks for visiting, and please send more quotes this way!