I can still remember waking up on the morning of September 11, 2001 to a world that was changing. I was working a closing shift and slept in because I didn’t have to get up early. My opener called me and told me to turn on the news. She said something about an airplane crash in PA and wanted to know if it was close to where my parents lived.
Ten years later, we remember those who died in the horrible attacks and those who gave their lives in the course of doing their job.
In some ways, though, I feel that things have changed for the worse. Today, one of the hymns we sang in church recognizes that.
Some seek to answer terror the only way they know-with anger toward the stranger and vengeance towards the foe. Yet this is not your answer, nor what you would create. May we live toward a future where love will conquer hate. (O God, Our Hearts Are Shattered by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette)
This hymn speaks against the behavior I often see from some conservative Christians, and not just in response to the events of 9/11. LGBT, Muslims, liberal/progressive Christians, Democrats and immigrants are all targets of conservative Christians.
Case in point. Twice now, a conservative Christian commenter on another blog has said that discrimination is not always wrong. This comment comes in reference to a post on the LGBT community. But in the same thread, this commenter laments the discrimination against Christians. So because there is discrimination against Christians, that makes it ok for Christians to discriminate? Absolutely not! That leads to a viscous cycle that I think Jesus speaks to with the Golden Rule:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)
Do to no one what you yourself hate. (Tobit 4:15a)
Either way, it’s a viscous cycle of discrimination and hate. It must stop.