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Our Saviour Lutheran 56 Cleveland Dr. Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 

The Response to 9-11

Last week, I wrote about a disturbing theological trend when it comes to Scripture and guns. Since tomorrow is 9-11, I want to write about another trend- glamorizing the past.

A friend of mine recently posted a meme about 9-12. The meme went something like this- I don’t want 9-11 to happen again, but I do want a 9-12 world where flags were sold out at stores, there was no division between black and white, and no division between Republican or Democrat.

While it is a beautiful vision and there was a feeling of togetherness, I shared with my friend there was also mosques who had their windows smashed, Sikhs who couldn’t walk down the street without being called “rag head,” and Islamophobia took hold of a nation.

I shared I remember joining other Christians as we surrounded the mosque to protect those praying in there because there were people yelling and their windows had been smashed. I remember the imam pleading with Christian leaders to teach that all Muslims didn’t want to do harm to the country. We came together to worship and pray for peace.

I wondered why this part was left out of the meme. Well, I didn’t really wonder, I knew why it was left out- because it didn’t fit the idealization.

I will bring this to the church. 

Often times, in conversation, I will begin to hear how much better the church was in the 1950s. The pews were full, everyone came together, and Sunday School was massive. 

There may be an aspect of truth to this, but I will often ask “if this is true, where is everyone? All the kids who attended Sunday School, where are they?”

I am not asking the question to nudge the person, but to remove the polish a bit. The truth is the church began its decline in the 1950s and really began declining heavily with the counter cultural revolution in the 60s. MLK Jr called the hour of church the most segregated hour of the week. There was sexism, racism, sex scandals, and church fights. All these things existed in the 50s, so why erase pieces of history?

I believe in truth telling about who we are because when we do, we realize how much we need Jesus as a guide. When we are confronted with the idea that everything wasn’t polished and there were real issues in the world, we see how far we have come and see how far we need to go. Revealing the sinful side to the light of Christ is how we heal.
Pastor Justin Johnson
Our Saviour Croton on Hudson
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