Where are Americans 15 years since the 9/11 tragic wake-up call? For sure, our world is a different place: heightened airport security, more suspicious examination of strangers, more security planning at events, not to mention middle-east wars on terrorism. Americans are more on guard, but do we feel safer?
In the days and months following 9/11 Americans stirred out of their slumber to question more than just security. We started to rethink purpose, morality, and spiritual beliefs. Then what happened after the first year or so? Did we reinforce the bolts on the doors and go back to sleep?
Are we a better people since 911? Are we more moral? Is there less crime? Are we less greedy and more concerned for others. Kinder? More forgiving. More compassionate? Do we have higher ideals? Are Americans focused on the non-tangilbe ideals instead of materialistic things? Have we stared death in the face and found comfort in the hope of heaven?
If that wake-up call came from Heaven, then we’ve missed it, rolled over and started snoring again. Americans are not more in tune to the Ruler of the universe and the Protector of his people. Maybe I look over my shoulder more and hold on tighter to my wallet. But is my heart is more focused on the security of heaven’s hope than before the tragedy?
In every tragedy there is a call to survivors to watch, to listen, and to change. For we are all headed for a destiny beyond this world, a destiny of our own choosing.