"Cross At Ground Zero"

The cross remained after the trade towers fell.

I did this drawing from a photo that was taken shortly after 9/11 when the trade towers fell after being destroyed by terrorists.

In a single moment a hand full of terrorists brought a nation to its knees. The towers themselves were reduced to dust and fine powder. The cross that you see was one of the few things to remained standing.

What you see was not the result of construction workers tools or saws. It was ripped out of the falling building and preserved I believe by divine providence. In the midst of a tragedy it became an alter, a place of prayer.

You will notice a large piece of metal attached to the cross, an amorphous black shape. My wife commented when she saw the finished picture, "What is that? Why did you put that in there? Itís ugly. I donít like it. You should take it out." I told her that it was an original part of the structure and that I didnít like it either but that it reminded me of two things - again, Godís doing. First it reminded me of other crosses that you often see with a robe draped around the cross. Secondly the blackness of the shape, its depth, its abstract form seemed to suggest to me the depths of evil and sin that plague mankind and which caused the destruction of the towers.. Jesus died for our sin. He took our sin and nailed it to his cross. So when I pondered the shape, I left it in.

I debated with myself long and hard also about the flag. I thought that it should be bigger or bolder but then I thought that it would detract from the image of the cross. I do not believe that the flag was attached to the cross but rather hung either from a crane which I omitted or perhaps it was attached to the windows of the building behind it. I thought about putting in all the detail of the windows and associated structures that were around the picture. Again I did not want to detract from the cross. I thought about leaving the flag out altogether. The image is so powerful with the cross and the flag that I decided to leave it in. It was that way in the original photograph and I believe that it is a reminder to our nation about the real foundation upon which it was built.

While many who hate God and the thought of him, are busy trying to get rid of Him, in the pledge of allegiance, with the removal of prayer from our schools, removal of the ten commandments from public places, banning nativity scenes and attempting to remove "In God we trust" from the faces of our coins, there at the foot of of the cross men of all occupations without proclamation or invitation gathered in simple prayer, praying no doubt for protection and healing for our nation and remembering those who perished.

Three verses come to mind.  Our trust is not to be in our wealth, or our armies and military or in the wisdom and skill of our leaders but in God who birthed our nation.

First, Deut 17:16-17 warned the Kings of Israel not to multiply to themselves, wives, gold or horses because all these things would turn away the heart of the King from the Lord. The king was not to turn to other religions or his wealth or in his military might but he was to trust in God.

The second verse is one of my favorite verses and I believe should be posted over every public building there is, over the court houses, over the banks and financial institutions and especially over all schools and institutions of education.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 ∂ Thus says the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercises loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.

The third verse reminds us of what will remain after all else has passed away. Mt 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

If we remember these things perhaps we too shall last. For more information on the "Ground Zero Cross" and the controversy surrounding it see the article in Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center_cross.