Tuesday, September 11th marks 17 years since the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center. For the students at SCCS, this is a day which is remembered without the use of personal recollection, but rather historical accounts, testimonies, videos and pictures.
To commemorate this historic day, SCCS Administrator Dr. Jones shared a sobering and heartfelt lesson to his 12th grade Biblical Worldview class entitled “When Worldviews Collide.”
"September 11, 2001 is a day that we must never forget," shared Dr. Jones. "Not only is it a day when we honor the many Americans who were unexpectedly ushered into eternity, but it is a day when we can study the worldviews of those extremists who believed that what they were doing was a way to honor their god."
Dr. Jones examined the religious and political backgrounds of Osama Bin Laden and the choices that were made when Bin Laden was young and entering his college years. Students looked at the smaller attacks over the years that provided proving ground for a much larger attack on our country.
"September 11th wasn’t a spontaneous decision, but the culmination of many, many years of planning and the fruit of a religious and political worldview that is opposed to a Biblical Worldview," said Dr. Jones. Dr. Jones was able to pinpoint the main crux of this conflict between Al Qaida and America. He explained it to be, “America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued military presence in the Middle East.”
Looking to Scripture, we see that this modern war is really just an ancient conflict revisited which began with Isaac and Ishmael back in Genesis 21. Paul mentions this conflict in Galatians as well, “Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now” (Gal. 4:28-29).
For those who follow Christ, today is a day to remember this great loss in the light of God’s good and Sovereign care over His creation. It is also a day to better understand those who gave their lives for the false promises of rewards that awaited them after their “sacrifices.”
Dr. Jones is passionate about training up the students at SCCS to be able to not only understand differing worldviews, but to also engage and provide hope for those who are blinded and deceived by lies. We serve a loving and gracious Father who can be known and served because of the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. Atonement can only be found in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, and no other offering will suffice.