Virtue exalts a nation, but sin is a people’s disgrace.

Prov 14:34

This blog is dedicated to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Weeks and Glen Doherty – good and brave men all – who died at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.

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I began driving east from Notre Dame to Washington, D.C. last Sunday at 7 a.m. The hour was dark and without sound.  Few cars.  Nothing astir.  A peaceful predawn day.

As I drove slowly the sun began to show.  Just a hint of light on the horizon.  I was listening to 13 Hours in Benghazi as I drove.

Bit by bit the recorded book recounted how a security detail of experienced and highly skilled brave men, a short drive from the besieged American compound in Benghazi, rapidly and fearlessly prepared to respond to their colleagues in danger.

As the narrator took me though each detail of the preparation, day began to appear in northern Indiana.  The sun’s light painted its diffused pinks and outlined the tree-lined horizon across silent farm fields while the book told of men ready for battle and waiting for orders to traverse a short distance to defend their colleagues and America by engaging a murderous, rag-tag mob with lethal weapons intent on killing our brothers and destroying our scarcely guarded buildings in Benghazi.

As the sun rose to bless a new day, the narrator told of anxious men in waiting ready to fight and cell phone transmissions from their trapped colleagues urging their response and saying bluntly ” … we’re gonna die.”

While I entered a new day, those trapped men were looking at their last night, a night of violence and buildings afire, and no authorized government response … as brave men in waiting stood incredulously, in anger and disbelief, without orders to engage.

Virtue exalts a nation, but sin is a people’s disgrace.

Events allow us to judge the direction we are going and how we are living.  Are we moving with virtue or disgrace?  Each of us has a voice to give answer to this question.  In a free society elections offer us speech – time to speak, to answer the question posed: virtue or disgrace?

To live in sin is to die many deaths.  To live in virtue is to live forever.  Which do you choose?  Who are we?

Shalom.

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