The thematic thread running through today’s lectionary was forgiveness, which struck me as both apropos and challenging on this day, the day of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that fell the Twin Towers, that took down a plane in Pennsylvania, and that took out a wing of the Pentagon. It is challenging because though Americans are rightly angry about the events that this day commemorates, the Scriptures are quite clear that godliness requires people to forgive their enemies. It is also challenging because although God requires Christians to forgive their enemies, He does not want them to sit passively and allow evil to run unchecked and unchallenged in the world. So, my questions for this day are: how do we people of faith genuinely forgive and yet fight against an enemy who continues to perpetuate evil? What does this look like? Do we point our bombs and bullets in the direction of the enemy and pray for them as we pull the trigger?