On Sunday, September 11, 2011 America and the world paused to remember the historic and tragic terrorist attacks that befell America. Among the premier memorial events was one that Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City organized led by President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Christie, former NY Governor George Pataki, former New Jersey Governor Donald DiFrancesco, MayorÂ Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Notably, Bloomberg’s program excluded any clergy leading many to question the decision and some to protest–”Was America trying to kick God out” of this watershed moment in our nation’s history?
Listen in from 9:12 to 11:00 to hear President Barak Obama read the entire 46th Psalm at the 9/11 Memorial. Mayor Giuliani also read from the Bible quoting Ecclesiastes 3:1-9.
Is America in a post-Christian climate? What role should churches play in bringing healing to our country on historic days like 9/11?
Below is the Full Text of Psalm 46:
1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Below is the full text of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
1Â There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2Â a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3Â a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4Â a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5Â a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6Â a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7Â a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8Â a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.