some words after 9/11 from a sermon ten years ago

I said this then and still can say it now (not always the case!).
The setting was the southern hemisphere spring.

“I worry about how much these acts of terrorism
will make us retreat into winter darkness.
I worry that people in their call for vengeance
will lose sight of what has been achieved
across so many frontiers that once divided us.

I worry that in seeking to stamp out terrorists
we become instigators of terror
upon people just as innocent as those caught in the buildings.

And, I worry that the message to our young people
will be to retreat back to an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

These godless acts of terror must not be responded to with godless acts of terror.”

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