Sin is alive and well on Planet Earth. The attack on civilians and using civilian means of travel was sin at its most vile. When two planes hit the World Trade Towers, they flew all of us into a black hole of human making. Designed as an attack on American "symbols" of commerce and power, the one thing most ignored was the sanctity of human life. Terrorists saw a building's steel frame as a more significant monument to be destroyed than the lives of mothers and fathers taken as unwilling passengers on journeys of death and hatred. Sin is dark because it is blind, even as its sees its own selfish objectives so clearly. Sin is dark because unchecked it marches on to more horrific acts, from a failed attempt in 1993 to the destruction of 2001. As such, the attack of September 11 was not only an attack on the United States, it was part of an ongoing assault on humanity and life. We have been in this war a long time, we have just been slow to admit it. This was an attack both long in coming and rooted deep in something within all of us that needs to be checked. The one place where freedom fails is where sin reigns.

Our reaction is that we must stop such vile sin. But to stop sin, one must change the heart's—all of our hearts'—tendency to think selfishly. We must quench the unregulated, lawless quest for power and control that spurred such an act. We must quell the hatred that turns people into pawns in the quest for political statements. We must refute the arguments and acts that contend that some people are really not people at all so it does not matter what I do with them or to them. We must calm the anger that causes me to turn my neighbor into an enemy, to turn one made in the image of God into an object of hate. We must acknowledge ...

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