“Except the LORD keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.” – Psalm 127:1


Every tragedy has a spiritual side to it, 9/11 is no exception. It was a breach of security in the most powerful nation on earth.  Supersonic F-15 fighter-jets were scrambled, but in vain. The towers fell, lives were lost, and lessons learned, I hope. The tragedies that took place on that fateful day were pure evil, yet much good happened on that day. The heroic actions of first responders, firefighter, police officer, EMS workers, and ordinary people helping each other in extraordinary ways. Amidst unspeakable evil, our better angels pushed us beyond the call duty to be our brother’s keeper, which in fact is our spiritual duty of “love thy neighbor.”

There are two kinds of spirituality that hold sway in this world: one finds its origin in personified good (God), and the other most often springs out of personified evil. This is true but simplistic, for it does not fully explain the mystery of evil. Some things are evil, but they serve as instruments to bring about the good. This does not mean perpetrator (s) go unpunished. Let me illustrate this point.

Joseph’s eleven brothers were wickedly jealous of him and his dream of leadership over them. They got rid of him by selling him into slavery. They brought his bloody coat home to convince their parents that a ravenous wild beast devoured their son. They had their parents believing the lie for twenty plus years. That’s evil! But God used that act of cruelty to fast track Joseph to Prime Minister over Egypt.

In the end, Joseph saved all Egypt and his own family, including his rascal brothers, from death by starvation. He told them, “You intended to harm me but God intended it for good” (Gen.50:20). Yes, 9/11 was evil with human faces; they intended to harm us, and the nation was a sitting duck in the face of this security breach. Powerful but helpless.

Our schools, our shopping malls, and even our churches have already suffered a breach of security. In as-much-as some families have already suffered home invasion, our homes are still the last security frontier, and we need divine help to keep it safe. Every family should make their stand here. But remember, there are many evils making its assault on home and family: the high divorce rate, drugs and alcohol addiction, pornography, economic deprivation, foreclosure, flood and fire. The threat of evil to home and family is from within as well as from without. Every one of us is capable of being the very agent of evil that destroy our own home and family.

By now you must sense that I am not just talking about life insurance, firearms, and electronic home security, to name a few. These conventional security measures are important, but they can give you a false sense of security. I am talking about a level of security that many people are just too quick to dismiss. But I want to emphasize that there is a spiritual side to all security breach and that includes any assault upon home and family. Even if the assault is foreclosure, wild-fire, or flood, it can be avoided, but only with advanced preparation.

Rabbi Jesus once contrasted the security He provides to that provided by personified evil with these words: “The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Personified evil is Satan. Note that he is call a “thief” who not only wants to steal from you. He wants to kill and destroy you. He wants to take your health, your family, your money, your self-worth and your life on top of it all. He watches for your unguarded hour to move in on you for the kill. But there is someone much stronger than your enemy who wants you to have life and live it to the full. He is the best home and family security for evil cannot breach where He camps out. But you have to intentionally activate this security protection at your house. I have written a book to help you do just that. Get your paperback copy today.


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I am, Michael Dewar, author and director of Dwelling Place and the chief writer. Professionally, I am pastor, Bible teacher, mentor in the spiritual life, a specialist and consultant in church and family conflicts. I also have a background in Social Work (LMSW) and mental healtn.

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