This morning I was caught between Julie Andrews singing the “Lusty Month of May” and the talking heads discussing the anniversary of the elimination of Osama bin Laden. Those are two vastly different genres, yet, strangely connected. It is the decadence of the west – the US in particular – that engenders such rage among Islamic terrorists. The United States is a contradiction in many ways. It is the most generous country in the world giving away billions of dollars in aide from private citizens and government while at the same time being one of the fiercest military powers and economic consumers in world history. Which brings me back to Camelot and King Arthur’s question, “Does might make right or right make might.” It is a conundrum that is debated in every generation. Until you dissect the riddle of human ambition and sin. When humans rely on their own motives they are by nature selfish. When one begins to see the Creator as the source of transformational power then altruism becomes possible.
In Matthew 25 this is recorded about Jesus and his questioning by the religious elite, “But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, ‘It is only by (Satan), the prince of demons, that this fellow (Jesus) drives out demons.’ Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?'” Only our Creator can heal the division within us. Only our Creator can heal the selfish ambition of decadence and terrorism. When we realize that all religious groups on earth and even unbelievers can hold to the principal of “loving your neighbor as you love yourself” then the power of resurrection (new life) is possible for all people.