When I was in my teens, I don’t remember hearing the word “terrorism”. But if I did, it was surely something on the other side of the world. All that changed on 9/11/2001, when planes entered tall buildings full of people with the intent to kill. Of course there had been horrible acts of crime in our country before, but this one was different. It changed America.
Today, America was changed again. In Houston, TX, a 62-year-old wife of an oil executive opened her door today to discover a special delivery left on her porch –a box of candy with a note saying, “Thank you.” I’m sure it seemed to her like an expression of Southern hospitality, until she opened the box and triggered the bomb inside. Now this kind-hearted woman lies in hospital bed recovering from surgery, for her face was shredded by nails and other shrapnel contained in the explosive device.
In an article describing this horrific event, Stephanie Dearing of DigitalJournal.com reported, “Anxiety is the rule in Houston, a city known for its close association with the oil industry.” This may be true, but anxiety is not to blame for such an act. This was not a simple crime; it was an act of terrorism. “An unnamed source told the news agency the bomb looked like it was made by someone who knew what they were doing”, wrote Dearing.
Terrorism most commonly refers to politically-charged violence or the threat of same, and usually involves such things as bombings, kidnappings, and/or killings. As BP’s well continues to spill millions of gallons of oil per day in the Gulf of Mexico, oil that is now beginning to wash ashore in Texas, it is plain to see that Houston’s candy-bomber did not act randomly, but in orderly fashion to make a political point to the oil executive. Sadly, his wife bore the brunt of his fiery message.
How did America get here? I believe the answer has to do with the minds and hearts of American citizens. Who is teaching Americans what to believe about human life? Who is teaching the people what and how to think? The answer: government entities and the media; neither of which do much in the way of furthering a biblical worldview in America, a worldview that values life and considers others more important than oneself. (Phil 2:3)
Instead, these entities program the minds of the masses to believe the only life to value is your own. The world revolves around you. Don’t let anyone get in your way of achieving your dreams. The world is for the taking. If you don’t like something, fix it no matter the cost.
I suspect someone didn’t like the mess in the Gulf. But of course, their action did nothing to rectify the situation. It only made a mess of an innocent woman’s life.
Question: What can you do to further the biblical worldview?