Are We Overdoing the 9/11 Thing?

No. We’re not.

I can certainly understand how some might be afraid that hyper-reflection on 9/11 might lead to hostility against all Muslims or hold America back from moving forward. Ironically, many of these are the same people who insist that we remember Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Holocaust, etc.

We should remember those things. And, we should remember 9/11–as it really happened. We don’t need to exclude firefighters, cops, the clergy, and others who helped us get through a time like that. To thank some is not to demean others. It’s to be truthful. It’s to mourn with integrity. That’s the only thing that really makes the space for healing.

In her magnificent editorial in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan said it just right. “You’ve got to be loyal to pain sometimes to be loyal to the glory that came out of it.”


Reflect. Pray. Be Thankful. Heal. Look forward. Think about how Christ would want us to live together going forward.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I don’t think too much is being made of it since it is obvious that failing to speak about the 10th anniversary would be tantamount to ignoring a heard of elephants running through one’s living room. However, what I fear is that for too many Christians what will be celebrated and pointed to is the American spirit rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I understand some honest patriotism but nationalism is an entirely different beast (idolatry) that appears to be growing in strength everyday in our culture.

    Tomorrow when I preach, I will acknowledge the reality of 9/11 for what it is (a terrible act of evil perpetrated by terrorists) and do so with much wisdom and compassion but I pray that my sermon will encourage the church to place their hope in God and not the nation.

    Grace and Peace,