Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11 do you remember where you were?

I know...that would be a dumb question if I were really asking you that. I'm not really because I think most people would remember just as I remember where I was when JFK was assassinated.
It seems today we have a lot of news reports on various subjects related to 9/11. And it's hard to decide where I want to stand on any given issue except for the pastor who wants to burn the religious text of another faith.
What I think America is all about, or started out to be all about, was allowing anyone and everyone to believe what they wanted religion wise and practice a religion if they chose to do so. You might not agree with it and you don't have too. America just asks you to respect their right and let them be.
I have been approached by many people at my front door wanting to explain their religion and maybe convert me. I'm not convert-able material. The GOD I believe in is all inclusive and I find many (not all) religions to believe and to behave in an exclusive manner.
I think there are many paths to GOD. I know when I walk out my front door to go somewhere, there is usually more than one way to get there. That is how I feel about the path to GOD. There is more than 1 way and you may not choose the same way I chose. Doesn't make either of us right nor does it make either of us wrong......just different.
Now some people want to be upset because some believers in Islam want to kill Americans, but there are so called Christians in America who want to kill or keep out certain people who they think they are being directed to kill or keep out. Do we keep their churches from being built????? I don't think so. I haven't heard of one yet.
I think business buildings, restaurants, and hotels along with a memorial are better choices for the World Trade Center, so maybe I am actually deciding how I feel about and church, synagogue, or mosque being built there. But not because of any one religion and their followers, but what I think is more right for that place and what might make more sense to the majority of people in our country.

One of my daily thoughts today was by Henry Van Dyke:

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
Let's do that because it is what I think America is really all about.

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