LZ Gets It

From CNN.com:

So if September 11, 2001, was the day our innocence was taken, then April 15, 2013, is the reminder that it is never coming back.

And we do not need the president to say the word to feel the word.

It is felt each time we have to take off our shoes at the airport, have an TSA officer pat us down, throw away a tube of toothpaste because it’s over the allotted 3.4 ounces. The FAA temporarily restricted flights over the bombing site while security was increased in cities as far away as Miami and Los Angeles.

We do not need the president to say the word to feel it.

I was in central London earlier this month and was having a difficult time finding a garbage can whenever I had something to discard. Finally, I asked some of the residents why it was so hard to find one and was reminded that the Irish Republican Army hid bombs in garbage cans during the 1990s and as a result they are still seen as a security threat….

If September 11, 2001, made you cry, then April 15, 2013, should make you angry.

All of the laws, the creation of Homeland Security, the trillions spent, the political grandstanding and debates and yet the best we can do is make the country safer. We will never, ever be safe again. Not in the way many of us remember being safe growing up….

So while Obama telling the American people those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice,” we are haunted by the fact that “justice” won’t bring the victims back.

“Justice” won’t undo the fear embedded in the people who were closest to the blast. “Justice” won’t take us back to September 10, 2001 … back before the word “terrorism” was on the tip of every American’s tongue.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Jennifer

    Most people in the history of the world (including today) have never had the luxury of having a sense of safety to be disillusioned about.

    It shouldn’t have taken Boston to make us angry.

  • gingoro

    “Finally, I asked some of the residents why it was so hard to find one and was reminded that the Irish Republican Army hid bombs in garbage cans during the 1990s and as a result they are still seen as a security threat….”
    Of course remember that England stood idly by while the Irish starved in the 1800s. Close to genocide. That is why my mither’s family came to New York and then to Quebec in about 1860. Even Anglican clergy men refereed to us dirty Irish as white apes.

    But aside from that this latest bombing is a total outrage!
    DaveW

  • Neil

    “Son,’he said,’ ye cannot in your present state understand eternity…That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.” C.S. Lewis

  • gingoro

    Good comment Neil but I wonder if it is true especially when unsaved loved-ones meet an untimely or timely end. Especially those driven from the church because they are the wrong sort of people eg university grads in a working mans church, or working people in a mainly university grad crowd, those that can’t attend church because of allergies or infirmity, commit the wrong sins, hold the wrong doctrines, have the wrong understanding about Adam and Eve etc etc etc.
    DaveW

  • John W. Frye

    I felt a deep sadness today for our country knowing that both innocence and a a sense of certainty of safety are now history. For sure my grandchildren will experience a childhood in a nation nowhere near as at ease as mine was.

  • Ernie

    And seeing people packing guns doesn’t make me feel one bit safer…quite the opposite.

  • Dorfl

    “We will never, ever be safe again. Not in the way many of us remember being safe growing up…”

    I’m fairly young, so I have to ask: didn’t many of you grow up knowing you might be nuked by the Soviet Union at any moment?

  • phil_style

    “We will never, ever be safe again. Not in the way many of us remember being safe growing up…”

    I can’t buy into this nonsense. Firstly, no time in history was safer than how, Americans included. The media are, once again, stoking this idea that America was once safe, but is now unsafe. It’s nonsense.

    There is also a vast gap between this “sense of safety” and actual safety risks. The way this commentator contrast how we “remember” being safe sounds like historical revisionism to me. Even growing up in the really, really safe New Zealand I recall, as a child being weary of the nuclear threat (cold war), I recall being told about stranger-danger, we had public access announcements on TV about safety in the home, how to cross the road.. it was all there then just as it is now. A “bombing” get’s press because it’s abnormal, not because it’s particularly threatening to safety at the state or national population level. Whilst a tragedy, the bombing resulted in 3 deaths and around 100 casualties. This is a tiny, tiny fraction of the population of the country, the state and even the city of Boston. Nearly 100 people die on the roads every day in the US. There are 7 deaths every day from home fires. I could go on… How does this individual incident an any way contribute to the risk of death of any american child…. “growing up in america today” (TM) ……?

    I can see where this op-ed is leading, comping Boston to 9/11. It’s a dodgy game. Why not compare it to OKC bombing?

    As far back as 1910 Americans have been exploding bombs in their own back yard. The LA Times bomb in October 1910 killed 21 people. Did that incident demolish the sense of innocence and safety of the nation? Ten years after a bomb was detonated on Wall Street which killed 38 more.. the list goes on and on.

  • http://brentwhite.wordpress.com Brent White

    Thank you, phil_style. Exactly! It is nonsense. I grew up in the ’80s, and as a sensitive impressionable young teenager I lived in fear of nuclear holocaust. Remember “The Day After,” “WarGames,” and Missile Command? Remember Sting asking “if the Russians love their children, too”? I was reasonably sure that nukes would kill me! Honestly, only becoming a Christian eased that fear.

    We need to grow up a little. The world is and always has been a dangerous place. We didn’t learn anything on Monday that we didn’t know on Sunday.

  • phil_style

    @brent, #9: “We didn’t learn anything on Monday that we didn’t know on Sunday”

    Hole in one.
    Anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell newspapers.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Spot on, Phil Style!

  • lpadron

    Gotta agree with phil_style. The multitude of drive by shootings in the inner city in the ’80′s and 90′s and similar violence in my hometown of Miami during the cocaine cowboys era were almost daily occurrences. Add the Olympic Park bombing of ’96 and the Unabomber’s activities to all of this and your point is even more obvious.


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