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The Day America Lost Its Innocence
Ten years ago this week, The United States of America lost its innocence regarding terrorism.
Dictionary.com describes innocence in five ways, two of which are:
3. simplicity; absence of guile or cunning; naiveté.4. lack of knowledge or understanding.
Up until that time, terrorist attacks were something that happened in other places, something that affected other people. It was as alien to Americans as volcanoes.
Sure they happen, but we’ve never seen one, never experienced one and would never imagine that there was even the possibility that one could happen here.
America was ‘innocent’ of such things. It was naive and lacked the knowledge and understanding of what such an attack was like and how it could come to pass.
Then America’s world was shaken and its innocence was lost forever.
It seems incredible to me that it has been ten years already.
Ten years that have both dragged on and flown by.
It hardly seems real that the WTC and Pentagon attacks happened before any of my children were born. It’s gone by in a blink of an eye and yet the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which resulted from that day seem to have been going forever.
So are we ‘winning’ the war on terror?
Maybe, maybe not. It has been a decade since those first attacks and there has been nothing of the same scale since that time but in one small way, the terrorists have already won – because innocence lost can never be regained.
Once your eyes have been opened, once you have seen for yourself, you can never go back. You can never un-see, un-do, un-hear or un-feel that which has already passed.
America and, because of America’s global influence, the rest of the world, have been irreversibly changed.
Airports will never go back to their previous, virtually security-less state. The security protocols and crackdowns that have been put into place everywhere will never be taken away.
Innocence lost can NEVER be regained.
That’s the sad, sorrowful truth that Adam and Eve learned in the Garden of Eden. By partaking of the forbidden fruit, they lost their innocence. Their eyes were opened in a way they never before knew possible and there was no going back.
There is one way, one time, one opportunity to regain the innocence that we lost as a human race.
We cannot regain the innocence that 9/11 stole from us but we can regain the innocence that we lost in the Garden of Eden.
That innocence will be returned to us one day if we put our faith in Jesus Christ.
Maybe we will not be exactly the same as Adam and Eve were, I do not know how they were or exactly how we will be but I know that we are promised that there will be no more mourning or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4) . There will be no more fear, no more violence, no more death.
We will no longer be slaves to sin, no longer oppressed and attacked by the evil one.
Innocence lost may be regained there, but here, it will always be beyond our grasp.
This week I mourn for those who died, I hurt for those who lost loved ones on that day and in the events since and I cry for innocence lost.