When the Twin Towers came crashing down, our nation was devastated, but among the rubble was a small relic, found on Tully Road months later, with a powerful message.
Found by one of the firefighters on this temporary road was a Bible opened to Christ’s Sermon on the Mount and Matthew 5:39: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also,” via The New York Times.
Photographer Joel Meyerowitz, known for his work, “Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive,” stated that the firefighter gave it him, knowing he was the record keeper of the horrific event.
“My astonishment at seeing the page that the Bible was open to made me realize that the Bible’s message survives throughout time,” he stated, “and in every era, we interpret its teachings freshly, as the occasion demands.”
This artifact of the Twin Towers has been around quite often, a message of hope and forgiveness to those who had family members who perished in the attacks. This artifact was even shown to Pope Francis during his visit to the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
This museum is filled with odds and ends, nothing rare or “special” to some. Just typical things belonging to Americans — shoes, credit cards, glasses, books, toys. The everyday items show these people were expecting another normal day before tragedy struck.
This message was needed more than ever in the aftermath. It seems to have come from Heaven itself. The verse spoke of forgiveness, to turn the other cheek rather than retaliate. To many, this verse represents America.
We as Americans are called to love our enemies and to accept them rather than dismiss them. We are called to show compassion, even when we would rather do the opposite. This does not, however, mean to let others scorn us and take advantage of our kindness.
Many ask questions about preventing this horrific attack that affected the lives of every American, a day where everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when the attack took place. Could it have been prevented? The answer to that would be yes — if religions that differ could accept others as they are instead of expressing their beliefs through violence.
And another question looms in the years after the attacks of 9/11. Our country is at a crossroads, at a time where our own people are turning against each other as new leadership takes its seat. Our country could go one way and change for the worse and not the better or choose to turn the other way. The question is: which way will we go?
President Trump is trying to lead this country down the right path — to change for the better, to become great again. And while the liberals may not agree with his implementations, they are not done out of spite but out of the need to protect the American people. We should turn the other cheek, but that doesn’t mean we should give others the opportunity to strike it.
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