Physical terrorism is remembered today in the wake of a terror attack 12 years ago. And much pain and anguish still remain for the families and friends of the victims of such an infamous act. Yet, terrorism goes on daily within our society, within our homes, and within our hearts and minds everyday. And, save those who repent, there are no official ceremonies to commemorate the innumerable victims.
This 9/11, we must turn and face the Spiritual terror among us.
St. Paul reminds us: "Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry." Colossians 3:1-11 The demons of the sexual trade have wreaked havoc on millions of Americans for decades. Pornography, and the popular culture which is bathed in promiscuity, have invaded the hearts and minds of many a man and woman...boy and girl. And they bombard us toward 'immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire...' while fueling the greed of evil corporations which reap the benefit of promiscuity in contraception, abortion, and the offering of one's soul to the lord's and diva's of the over-sexualized lifestyle.
But St. Paul also states: "But now you must put them all away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths. Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator." The demons, which infiltrate American society, have pulled off a pretty impressive rouse. They have perverted the meaning of 'the separation of Church and State,' and, in effect, have neutered the public sway of official Christian religion. Now, people who call themselves Catholics and Christians, lead bifurcated lives, praying on Sunday, and acting like barbarians and pagans the rest of the week. Following the old saying, 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do,' many baptized children of God act like children of the devil in order to 'fit in.' For if they don't fit in, they may realize the terror of social rejection. And this social rejection, once thought of as holy martyrdom, is now wrongly perceived as a curse greater than the blessing of doing God's Will--even when it hurts.
Finally, St. Paul reminds us: "Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all." But the greatest of all demonic influences in America today is the revival, and increase, in racial, gender, 'lifestyle,' and socioeconomic bitterness and tension. Racial hatred and class warfare are the 'creme de la creme' of demonic hopes and dreams. For individual sinfulness makes a man or a woman fall. But war kills in great numbers.
And the Spiritual terrorist aims to destroy as many as possible.
But to the weak and the poor, those who resist through faith, even if they are ostracized, Jesus reminds us: "Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way." Luke 6:20-26