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9/11 - courage and sorrow; Cross & Crown - healing
by KeithWommack
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Sep 11, 2012 | 1207 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

9/11. Its a simple symbol made of 4 quick touches of the keyboard. Yet, what this simple symbol represents still weighs heavy on sad hearts and minds. To some it means courage. To others, vulnerability, fear, uncertainty, and sorrow. Yet, there is another symbol. A symbol, I've found, that can help. It can help heal the pain and anguish caused by the misguided actions of others.

The Cross and Crown, I've learned, is a symbol of meekness and might. Combined, these qualities heal long lasting wounds.

The cross symbolizes sacrifice, selfless acts, and tender, powerful love. Eleven years ago, first responders at the World Trade Center expressed these qualities. When lived, these qualities enable us to utilize what the crown symbolizes -- an innate spiritual power and dominion. People around the world are embracing their God-given authority to mentally rule out evil and banish hate and fear.

Jesus sacrificed himself. He carried the cross to his own crucifixion. Then he thoroughly overcame evil when he rose from the tomb. It could be said that he wore a crown of victory. And yes, because of Jesus' actions, the Cross and Crown used together are considered a symbol of Christianity. However, unselfed love and moral and spiritual might are a part of most belief systems. The Christ, which Jesus completely embodied, is God’s healing power. The Christ enables us to be and do good.

9/11, often seen as the symbol of a select few who refused to love or respect life, should be exchanged for the symbol that represents the highest sense of sacrifice and love.

Therefore, today and every day, I will love more, and to some degree, embrace the spiritual authority of Christ. I will stop being afraid. I will stop hating. Yes, I will try. I hope you will too.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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September 11, 2012
A very touching article and I'm in agreement with the overall sentiment. However, I do take issue with calling anyone "evil." Those who attacked us on 9/11 considered the United States "evil," to justify their horrible act of terror. President Bush used "evildoer" many times as justification for pre-emptive strikes which have killed hundreds of thousands and has cost our people trillions in wasted war dollars. The terrorists used their religious beliefs to lash out against a perceived enemy, and we must take care not to do the same. If we truly believe in a peaceful world, then we cannot fall into the trap our enemies did. Bombs and bullets do not bring peace.

The following information can be easily found on Google: The Christian use of the cross did not begin until the time of Constantine, three centuries after Christ. Archaeologists have not found any Christian use of the symbol before that time. The cross as a "Christian" symbol was taken directly from the pagans.

The New Testament does not specifically describe the instrument upon which Christ died, though Acts 5:30; 10:39; and 13:28-29 refer to it as a "tree." The Greek word xulon, translated "tree" in these verses, can mean a stick, club, tree, stake, or other wooden articles.

The ancient cross was considered a sign of peace, and those who worship Jesus would do well to appreciate that.