Today is 9-11 Remembrance Day. I've been told it's also called Patriots Day. Regardless of the specific name there seems to be a concerted effort to drive people to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Why? Many in the culture believe that with time and distance the American public is slowly forgetting the horrific attack. Others believe that the current political leanings of certain leaders are letting different people groups off to easy and perhaps their presence in our country could lead to another attack. One of my buddies from the Army has a wife who is a leading advocate for helping people remember 9-11. Both my buddy and his wife were born and raised in Staten Island. They lost numerous friends on 9-11.
One of the God-given elements of our human makeup is memory. Like all our human attributes our memories are subject to the fall and often time deteriorate. But more than just deteriorate the scriptures point to the fact that our memories can be "dulled" by both trauma and good things.
One passage that instructs us about our memory is Deut. 6. God gave this portion of scripture to the Israelites before they went in to possess the land. In vs. 12 the LORD says, "then watch yourself, lest you forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." The context for the LORD's warning was all the good things the people would possess when they entered the land: splendid cities they did not build, houses full of good things they did not fill, hew cisterns (wells) they did not dig, vineyards and olive trees they did not plant, eating and being satisfied. One of the reasons God instituted the Old Testament feasts was to spur Israel to remember all he had accomplished on their behalf.
In the New Testament our Lord instituted the Lord's supper so we would "remember" him. The early church gathered on the first day of the week, Sunday, to commemorate and remember the resurrection. God has given us his word in order that we can be daily put in "remembrance" of his truth and live by it.
I'll never forget 9-11...……..I've been to New York with Father Joe and I went again with Karen and Billy. I've seen the memorials, the names, pictures, and faces of the deceased. I've met firefighters who were there and survived. Even with all those memories I have to set my mind to remembering that day. The cost of 9-11 was enormous. Brothers and sisters the cost of our redemption to God was far more enormous, the blood of his son, Jesus Christ. I would challenge you to prioritize a time of remembering Christ through the Bible each day, prioritize corporate worship and remembering our Lord's resurrection each Sunday, and more than anything else, honor our Lord's sacrifice for us by living out his life and truth on a daily basis.
"Then watch yourself, lest you forget...."