Tonite I watched Frontline’s “Faith & Doubt: At Ground Zero”
I will never forget 9/11. I was in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the campus of North Central University. It was a bright sunny morning until I went inside Miller Hall. Walking down one of the hallways, I saw some people looking at a scene on a television set. There was something odd about their expressions. Intrigued, I walked over to an instructor I knew.
I looked at the smoky scene surrounding the Twin Towers on the television screen. Mystified, I looked back at the instructor.
“We’ve been attacked.”
Something in me recoiled and I immediately turned around and walked out of the room. I went back outside and walked around in a daze.
At Chapel that morning (North Central is a bible college), classes were cancelled. I’ll never forget the worship that morning. Praise was especially more passionate with the tears and cries melodically interspersed with words and song. We blended perfectly. In our grief and sadness, a sense of peace came over us that was simply indescribable. I would not wish for anything like a 9/11 ever again, but while the trauma pained and shook, for me it also healed and increased faith in God. I believed as I did prior to 9/11, that the problem of evil is explained by man having free will.
9/11 shook America’s soul and it did even more than that, it challenged our ability to reconcile inconsistencies in the world. We had to ask over and over again, why do bad things happen to good people?
How about you?
Where were you on 9/11? Did the attack effect you in a personal way? What did you do to process this devastating event? How did you integrate the event into your world view, your view of God and especially the problem of evil?