Ronnie Floyd on 9/11: Security, Protection & Prayer

FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, smoke billows from one of the towers of the World Trade Center and flames as debris explodes from the second tower in New York. (AP Photo/Chao Soi Cheong, File)

Ronnie Floyd is president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee.


America has not been the same since September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked our nation, resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths, 400 of which were first responders. A generation has been born since this horrible day in our history and we must never forget how that day changed America in our generation.

Since this day, it seems that enemies within our nation and enemies outside of our nation have continually threatened the security and protection of the United States of America. Schools, churches, airports, businesses, government buildings, parks, concert arenas and our public venues are now open prey to the attacks of our enemies upon innocent Americans.

While security measures have taken place and are being tweaked continually to secure our nation, authorities can only do so much to protect us. We need the Lord to secure and protect us.

Even when King David was being attacked by his enemies, he cried out to God, “But You, Lord, are a shield around me” (Psalm 3:3).

With all of his great armies and weaponry, King David knew that God could do more for him than his powerful forces could ever do on their own.

The people of the United States, especially the children in our schools, need God’s defense and covering. We are each vulnerable, and we need God’s intervention now to secure and protect us.

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Source: Baptist Press