Not to frustrate the patriotic, but this is not a piece about the United States, politics, or cultural commentary. The caption is from the headline on the top fold of today’s USA Today in a story about the 9/11 attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. It is likely the work of al Qaida and Muslim extremists in the ever-volatile middle east, but it speaks to the tenuous, unpredictable relationship of the “west” with the “east.” Libya receives hundreds of millions of dollars in aid from the U.S., was helped by this nation to topple the Khadafi-led regime that led to the new, fledgling government, and America led the efforts in the United Nations to repeal a 40-year-old resolution to allow the new government to receive assets. As Secretary of State Clinton posed it, “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?” (Lynch, Dorell, and Jackson, USA Today, A-1, 9/13/12).
Lives were lost and upheaval seems inevitable now! More American lives are likely at stake, in Egypt and who knows where else? How could they “turn” on their “benefactors”?
As a wealthier, more stable, and “more civilized” nation, we may see ourselves as superior to our attackers. But, the current crisis is but a mild illustration of the way man often treats God. He created us in His image, sent His only begotten Son to die in our place, shows through His Word, His providence, and His sustaining blessings that He loves us, wants us to be His children, wants us to live an abundant life, and wants us to be with Him in heaven forever. But, the vast majority of mankind shows disdain for and disobedience toward God! Some say the words, but others show God contempt through ungodliness and self-centered disregard for Him. This is not only even more audacious, but it is more costly.
Jesus says not only to call Him Lord, but to show it (Lk. 6:46)! Choosing anything above God is to tell Him we hate Him (cf. Lk. 16:13). Loving less is not an option!