REMEMBERING 9/11: Have You Had Enough Yet, America?

Every year as the anniversary of 9-11 approaches, I can’t help but ponder that horrific day. The thought of the horror some of those people that did not die immediately must have gone through still brings me to tears. Thinking about the loved ones they all left behind truly adds to my sorrow.

What angers me now is how easily we forget what happened, despite the continued attacks that have been accomplished on American soil and abroad since then in the name of Allah. It also angers me how I see more and more women wearing burkas, mosques going unchecked, schools accommodating practicing Muslims, etc. We all know that even if you don’t commit the crime, but you know it is happening and do nothing to stop it aren’t you guilty, too? Isn’t jihad a crime supported by Islam? We are appeasing and accommodating Islam and Christians are getting jail time and fines for being Christians?! What happened to America?

It’s like when the bully at your school demands your dollar, then the next time he takes all your money, then your lunch, then your homework. Does this ever stop until you actually stand up to the bully and say no more? Is it time to say no more, yet? You would think this event would have thrown many more people into some serious soul searching. Life is so fragile and short. These Muslims really and truly believed that this act of terror was their ticket to heaven.

I had no clue what Islam was until that day. I honestly never heard of it. I was born and raised in a Catholic family and never doubted that my eternal destination was Heaven. All Catholics that don’t commit any mortal sins basically go there according to the theology. If you die with any sins on your soul you “pay for them for a while” in Purgatory. Now this religion that I never heard of before is claiming that if you die for Islam and kill some Infidels in the process, you are guaranteed to be in Islamic Heaven. That’s called “incentive” for the ignorant. Infidels are anyone that is not a Muslim.

9-11-2001 truly blew my mind and motivated me to seek truth. Recently, I was talking with a Catholic friend about a Catholic Church we both grew up in that is closing. She asked me what church I go to now and I told her I am no longer Catholic. She told me something I hear over and over again. She said she never looked at any other religion. She just stuck to what she knew.

I think it is safe to say that most of us do that. Obedience is a big part of religion. Most of us are brought up in a specific religious denomination that our families have been practicing for years. The people that teach us are the ones we know, like and trust more than anyone else on the planet. Why would they ever teach us anything that is untrue or that can potentially harm us? Nobody would do that on purpose to anyone they love.

In another recent conversation, I was asked what actually caused me to convert to Christianity. I mentioned that 9-11-01 truly rocked me to the core. It motivated me to search. I actually opened up a Quran and a Bible. I don’t think many people encourage their loved ones to search and look into other religions if only to give them confidence in the one they practice. I don’t think this is wise at all.

Truth can handle probing and questioning. Truth never changes. If you look into the Bible you will see that the Author of the Bible encourages its readers to study for themselves! How do we know if what we believe is even true if we never compared it to anything? I think the best advice I can give an honest searcher is to pray first and then look into why the Bible is true. I didn’t have any confidence in the Bible at all and I truly believe most people don’t. We aren’t taught about its authenticity. I was never told to read it and honestly, a nice man rising from the dead sounded like great story, but I truly don’t think I believed it until I examined the evidence for myself. Before then I was agreeing that the Bible was a book of fairy tales. I remember laughing at the stories and thinking how ridiculous they sounded.

When those towers came tumbling down and I looked at my three 8 month old babies (triplets), I knew I needed to figure out who is telling the truth and who is making stuff up.

Why am I writing all this? Because I feel like our great nation is slipping away. We started off as a God honoring nation and we are turning into a Godless nation that is now putting Christians in jail for being Christian and letting false religions that harm people practice freely! We don’t even know what truth looks like anymore. Elections are coming up and I truly believe the number one thing we want in our elected officials is an understanding of Biblical truth. We won’t regain our exceptional nation with anything less than exceptional God-fearing leaders.


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About the author: Judy Rice

Judy Rice is the proud mother of teenage triplets, Jillian, Spencer and Derek and wife to Gary, one of the most loving, hardworking, honorable men in the world. She is a Christian who is a huge fan of traditional marriage, freedom, and is pro- life to the core. She has a Masters in Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before kids, she worked as a counselor, advisor and teacher at the university level. She clarified her world view in her thirties and believes her most valuable education continues to come from reading the Bible, reading in general, listening, paying attention and participating in meaningful communication wherever it occurs.

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