One of the glorious truths of the gospel is that God is long-suffering in his love and mercy for his creation. That patience is meant to lead sinners to repentance and reconciliation with God, himself. That patience definitely does not communicate that God overlooks sin or has allowed us to define what is sin and what is not.
Today marks a somber anniversary for our country. I have reflected this morning on all the painful memories this day stirs each year in the hearts of so many people. It marks the anniversary of watching domestic airliners plunge into buildings holding thousands of people. It marks the anniversary of standing around televisions with friends and strangers confused and scared. It marks the anniversary of a day filled with nervous anxiety, wondering when news of a new hit target would emerge. It marks the anniversary of brave men and women inspiring a nation as they rushed into the carnage while so many others fled. It marks the anniversary of incredibly brave leadership on the part of New York’s mayor and a remarkable man named Todd Beamer.