If you’re a young person reading this, chances are that you weren’t alive on September 11, 2001. And if you were, chances are you don’t remember it.
But if you ask you parents, teachers, pastors, or some random adult at the store, chances are, they will remember. If you ask, they can tell you exactly what happened.
Why? Because they were there. Maybe not in New York City, or Washington, DC, or Shanksville, Pennsylvania, but there all the same. They were listening to the radio or watching TV. They were in class or just waking up. Whatever they were doing, chances are, they remember the moment that changed everything.
That moment was 8:46 am. My dad would tell you that he was at one of his early morning college classes then. My mom would say that she was watching Good Morning America while preparing for her own classes, when the show came back on after a commercial break.
Anyone who saw the footage that followed could tell you. At 8:46 am, when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, no one knew what was happening. But everyone knew something wasn’t right.
I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to mind whenever I think of 9/11 is the phrase “never forget.” But I have to wonder, have we started to forget?
Throughout the Bible, God calls His people to remember. In the Old Testament, He emphasizes creating visual reminders and the passing of stories from elder to younger, from father to son, so that the next generation would remember His acts of deliverance and His faithfulness to His people. In the Gospels, we are urged to remember what God has done through Jesus and His fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. In his letters, Paul reminds us time and time again to remember Christ.The intentional act of remembering is Biblical, and it is also emphatically important. We are so prone to forget the things that are important, which is why we need to be intentionally reminded to remember. Click To Tweet
I think you get the idea. The intentional act of remembering is Biblical, and it is also emphatically important. We are so prone to forget the things that are important, which is why we need to be intentionally reminded to remember. While the tragedy of 9/11 and other similar events are different from what Scripture calls us to remember, they too are important to recall to mind.
So, with that in mind, I will repeat: “Never forget.”
Never forget the lives that were lost and the lives that were forever changed. Never forget the sacrifices that have been made. Never become so busy and distracted that you forget the events of old that have shaped the world of today–whether for good or bad. Instead, let’s seek to remember and seek to learn from the past as we fight for the future.
Even if you weren’t alive on 9/11, you should still remember. One generation must share remembrance with the next.
We are the next generation, which means we have a responsibility to listen. When we hear about what happened, what is remembered, we need to be willing to listen. Just as those older than us have a responsibility to speak, we have the responsibility to receive.
Again, just as my title suggests, I have a question for us to think about: Generation Z, what happened to “never forget?”