When 2002 dawns, it will be upon a United States of America unlike
any that ever began a new year.
As the ball falls in New Yorks Times Square, between 3,000 and
4,000 people who worked nearby will not be there to see it. Less than
four months before the new years dawning, their lives were snuffed
out. The sudden carnage also claimed the lives of 265 people on four
airliners and 125 men and women at the Pentagon.
Without the terrorist attacks it is likely that all of these individuals
would have seen the birth of the second year of the third millennium
Many would have made resolutions. Some would have kept them.
Some died in faith; others, we know from firsthand reports, cried out
to God before losing their lives. But many did not have time to make
the most important decision they could ever make.
The year 2002 dawns upon a nation at war, one with increased security
measures that have changed all our lives.
But one thing has not changed. There are still multitudes in our great
land who do not know Jesus Christ. Though most Americans have had some
kind of spirituality awaken within them, for many it is simply a heightened
patriotism. If another attack or disaster were to claim several thousand
lives in 2002, it is likely that, wherever the tragedy were to occur,
the greatest number of those would be unsaved.
Christians should be the ones most changed by the events of September
11. We must realize the suddenness with which anyone can be precipitated
How many lost their lives September 11 who had friends or coworkers
who were believers but they just hadnt gotten around to
telling them about Jesus? Ill tell him someday soon; Ill
tell her the first opening I get, they may have thought.
Then, September 11.
No one could have anticipated it.
This is a time for resolutions. For believers, it is necessary to take
a cue from the suddenness of the terrorist tragedy.
We cannot afford to wait. We must delay no longer. Resolve to witness
now, to never let another soul go into eternity without Christ because
a believer failed to bring him or her the message of salvation.
The responsibility is yours. Today is the day of salvation.
Make the resolution and keep it.