Shipping Wars, a reality television show on A&E debuted on January 10th, 2012. Simulating the competitive nature of this trade, I spent 2 years of my life pursuing this career back in 2000 and 2001. In order to make money, you have to be willing to spend it up front. In fact, I once made $2000 in 24 hours, driving an overnight delivery from Wilmington, Delaware to Chicago. Unfortunately, this never happened again as like most Americans, I struggled to make a living. Nonetheless, as I drove a weekly route up to East Rutherford, New Jersey, the World Trade Center was always there to greet me in the sky as I drew near. This beacon of light stood where Liberty and Church Street met.
As the summer of 2001 faded into fall, I made an emergency trip to New York City, passing the twin towers for the last time. After 9/11, lights lite up where this grand building once resided, but approaching New York was never the same. When the United States was attacked on our own soil, the pursuit of life and liberty took on an entirely new meaning. In the aftermath of this terrorist attack, churches experienced an initial awakening, packed for prayer vigils and services. More than 10 years later, church attendance is declining and liberty is under a different kind of battle, invisible to the human eye.
On the Atlantic Coast of America, most downtown areas are filled with centers for worship. The further west you travel across the fruited plains, the less this scene is repeated. As progress occurs in society, traditions tend to fall by the wayside, surpassed by modern thinking. While atheists are still trying to have the steel cross found in the Twin Towers remains removed from the 9/11 memorial, this relic is a symbol for a lost and dying world, John 3:16-17. As the Freedom Tower replaces the World Trade Center at Liberty and Church Street, may this day in history never be forgotten, especially on this Independence Day, July 4th.
by Jay Mankus