Del Tackett

by Del Tackett


20 Years Ago: A Day of Evil & Sorrow

Those who were alive then, and of age, will never forget. 

It was a day of unspeakable evil: airplanes hijacked for the sole purpose of massacring thousands of men, women and children, some unborn. 

It was a new way to make war; a new way to kill; a new way to bring terror. 

It was cowardice and it was demonic. 

One side of the world wept in horror; another side celebrated and cheered.

It distorted and altered the entire planet.

It was also a day of bravery and righteous sacrifice. Firemen rushed into burning towers to save as many lives as they could, at the cost of their own. Men stormed a cockpit to fight evil and paid the ultimate price, but saved untold lives.

It was a day of righteous anger, as it should have been. 

But it should have also been a day of Repentance. Solzhenitsyn once said regarding the great tragedies that had befallen Russia: “Men have forgotten God. That is why all this has happened.”

We, unfortunately, don’t see things this way today. We don’t think in terms of being judged, for we are too self-righteous in our own sin that we cannot contemplate why we would be weighed on His scales and found wanting. 

We are under great attack as well today—not from the skies or the seas or from a foreign land, but from within. One coast burns, the other drowns and in between we are decaying from unrighteousness.

Dear Remnant, repentance will never come from the dead. It must begin with us. Be ever vigilant. Be ever unashamed of Him or His Truth. Be ever on your knees.

Pray every Tuesday, noon Eastern, for Repentance.

Here is a stark summary of that day: 9/11/2001



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  • James  Culp

    James Culp

    Excellent article Dr. Tackett. You nailed it in the comment about repentance. I have found that one of the primary components of spiritual darkness is the unwillingness to face and deal with difficult situations in our lives. I would venture to say that if you surveyed most evangelicals and asked them if they felt like they needed to repent, most would probably respond by saying, "repent from what?" Many times repentance involves facing difficult situations in our lives, personally as well as collectively. Repentance can be a very challenging event in our lives, but the reward of the presence and approval of God is far greater than we can comprehend. Again may God bless you for your faithfulness to the truth.
  • Coburn Ingram

    Coburn Ingram

    One thing we could try repenting from is nationalistic pride. I remember listening to the speeches on that day. Billy Graham spoke, but all that this great statesman of the faith could say was a stripped-down, sanitized "get saved" Gospel. He made no statement whatsoever about anyone's need for concrete repentance. And then President George "Dubya" Bush spoke, and he outright vowed vengeance on the terrorists. That was his response. One of the strongest influences on my faith is the Anabaptist tradition. We do not fight for the king, but we do pray for him. For a Christian to feel that 9/11 was a spiritually significant event is "foreign" to me. I mean, maybe it was one of the Seals, but I look at it as a dozen fanatics writing their message of angst and hate on a wall using innocent blood. If a dozen Muslims come to Christ, I consider the deed avenged.




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