While the twin towers were burning and crumbling from the terror attack, police, fire and medical personnel were rushing into them on 911. They were able to save a few people, but many of those first responders sacrificed their lives in the attempt. Even years later some of them are still dying from the toxic materials which they inhaled. Such brave heroes deserve our admiration, appreciation and acclaim.
Christians are also first responders in a world headed for eternal destruction. Sin and apathy rather than fire and debris are destroying souls ( Jo 8: 2) ( Heb 9: 27). The big difference is that surely no one who has a chance to be rescued from a burning building would reject the help of first responders. Whereas, many more souls reject rather than accept and are grateful for a way out. Many mock the scriptural first responder’s efforts to show them the way of salvation (Mt 7: 13-14) ( Lk 13: 3)
Not only do some souls reject the message, but metaphorically “ seek to kill the messengers” ( Mt 5: 11) ( Rom 1: 21). In deciding to reject God, they become, “…filled with every kind of wickedness…” even becoming God-haters ( Rom 1: 19-30). However, God still loves them and doesn’t want them to perish ( 2 Pe 3: 9). Christians should also show that same care and concern for such souls ( Col 4: 5-6) ( 1 Tim 3: 7) ( Jas 5: 20).
Quite possibly there were people who became confused amid all the dust, darkness and heat and got lost in the twin towers. To souls who choose to head in the wrong direction, spiritual first responders can, “Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch them from the fire and save them ( Jude 22-23).
Submitted by Jery Bailey, Elder
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