Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed on this year's anniversay of 9/11. President Obama and Secretary Clinton both condemned the killings, while stressing that the U.S. bond with Libya would not suffer as a result. These words caught my attention. Though our representative may be dead, the relationship continues: the message is greater than the messenger.
An ambassador is the highest-ranking representative of one government to another. He or she is authorized to speak for the President. In 2 Corinthians 5:20 Paul calls us Christ’s ambassadors, those who have been sent to speak for Him. And we represent the country, the heavenly realm, from which we have been sent. Certainly Ambassador Stevens knew that he was risking his life to represent and speak for America in a hostile region of the world.
Are we as willing to speak for Christ in our own hostile environments? It occurs to me that since Ambassador Stevens was relatively unknown before his murder, his death becomes the pinnacle of his life. On the other hand, our death to our own interests must precede our ambassadorship. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-26)