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Here is my idea for memorializing 9/11 in a way that will have profound spiritual impact.
"Adopt" a terrorist for prayer through ATFP.org because . . .
1. Love conquers fear (1 John 4:18). Terrorism inspires fear. Fear causes response of flight (“Islam is peaceful”) or fight (“Muslims are evil”). Without love, we lack objectivity, become reactive victims, and follow popular paths of least resistance into either denial or anxiety. With love we seize productive initiative.
2. Prayer for enemies inspires proper attitudes (Matthew 5:44). When Jesus told his followers to love enemies and pray for persecutors, he compared that response to God’s response to us. God sends rain on both the righteous and the wicked. God is never a victim and always has the initiative. Human behavior does not manipulate God.
3. Stephen prayed for Saul (Acts 7:60 & 8:1). Triumphing over the perpetrators of this 9-11 evil takes radical initiative.
The web site lets you browse biographies of the people who the FBI accuses of "acts of terrorism" and then register a countable commitment to pray by name for one of them.