Two lessons Christians need to take from the events of 9/11 are that evil exists in the world, and it is the responsibility of God’s people to oppose it, Bryan’s chapel speaker said Friday.
Klon Kitchen, right, speaks with Dr. Bob Simpson, left,
and Dr. Jeff Bruehl following his address in chapel. Klon Kitchen, who earned his degree in Biblical Studies from Bryan in 1999, said it is the responsibility of citizens at events such as the chapel program to “honor the dead, celebrate the heroes, and pray for those in harm’s way.”
Mr. Kitchen holds the National Counterterrorism Center Chair at National Defense University. He previously served as the National Counterterrorism Center’s Chief of Extremist Messages and Influence, where his team developed and implemented whole-of-government counter-ideology strategies. During the chapel service, local first responders, including police, fire, and medical personnel were recognized.
He challenged Christians to understand that Scripture teaches that “evil exists, and it is governed by the broader reality of God’s sovereign rule. Our world is corrupted by sin and populated by people who do evil things. This biblical truth is not limited to terrorists, pirates or dictators. It applies to all of us in our natural state.”
From that perspective, he said, “9/11 was not an aberration from the rule of history, but a continuation. It was one of the most awful expressions of evil, but we would do ourselves a deep disservice if we denied that the acts were manifested by the same sin that is in us to resist our Creator.
“At the core of the Christian faith is a belief that God is able to bend sin to His glory. We believe God took the most heinous sin of all time, the killing of his innocent Son, and turned it to the good of His people.” This faith gives Christians the confidence to face uncertain times.
A color guard of Civil Air Patrol cadets presents the colors
at the beginning of the 9/11 commemorative chapel service.
At left are members of the Dayton fire and police departments
who, along with emergency medical personnel, were recognized. Opposing evil requires a renewed mind, a mind willing to engage culture, not assimilate into it or withdraw from it, Mr. Kitchen said. “We have to renew our minds so we can understand and advance God’s perfect will. That’s why you are here (at Bryan). Your minds are being renewed.”
He said while Christians “get to be a part of the work to make the world a better place, our hope is in a day yet to come, when all war is over, when the guilty are punished, and the innocent in Christ are redeemed and saved never to cry again.”