The September 11 attack (is the date a coincidence?) on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was the subject of a heated exchange between President Obama and Governor Romney in the second presidential debate last night.
The tragedy is sure to be brought up again in the final debate, next week, which will focus on foreign policy.
Who was responsible for the lack of adequate security in Benghazi? Was there a cover up? Were the American people misled about the nature of the attack and the motivation for it?
These questions will be analyzed and argued about for weeks to come. What is incontrovertible is that the well-planned assault by heavily armed terrorists (including elements of al-Qaeda) claimed the lives of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Christopher Stevens was the first U.S. Ambassador killed 33 years.
While the candidates discus this from the perspective of terrorism and national security, I want to give you not a political, but a Christian perspective.
In Isiah 5:5, God warns Israel of the punishment which will befall the disobedient nation: “Now I am going to tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard, I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed. I will break down its wall and it will be trampled.”
And again in Deuteronomy 28:25: “The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: Thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.”
Like Biblical Israel, America is mired in sin – 1.2 million abortions a year, the assault on God’s institution of marriage, an explosion of pornography, children robbed of their innocence, skyrocketing rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births, the Church persecuted – need I continue?
And yet we blithely go on as if there was no connection between this and the way we violate God’s commandments? Too many Americans act as it the Bible’s prophecies are charmingly poetic, but bear no relation to today’s events?
How many more 9/11 attacks, how many more wars, how much more turmoil – how many more Benghazis – will it take before we finally begin to make the connection between our behavior as a nation and the horror unfolding before our eyes?
The hedge is being taken away, leaving us naked and exposed to our enemies. And that is precisely why our 40 Days call to prayer is vital to our survival as a nation.
Billy Graham famously stated years ago in one of his crusades that if God did not judge America for her sins He would have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Thousands of the faithful are crying out daily for revival — revival for survival. Please don’t grow weary in your well-doing, and please…after you pray…go vote for candidates that reflect your values.
We have a window of opportunity. We must not fail, and perhaps, God in His infinite mercy, will choose to once again Bless America and heal our land.