A Word on Afghanistan

The news coming out of Afghanistan today is awful. No one likes to turn on the news where terrorist attacks have killed dozens if not hundreds of civilians regardless of status: man, woman, child. There’s also a heightened sense of anger when we read that an American was killed in a foreign country from a terrorist attack. There’s a soul crushing indignation when we read of a United States servicemember dying while serving our country. Where does this come from? Bear with me please. How have we found ourselves in a position where we get up-in-arms and angry over the death of a service member for the United States military more so than the death of the child he may have been carrying in his arms? More so than that, the death of that man who’s never heard the gospel that was standing next to him seeking solace? Why do we not get as upset when we read in the same article that over 100 other people died on top of the 13 servicemen or women? We have become so desensitized to death that we fury over the 13 and see 100+ as another statistic. Are not all made in the image of God? Or not all worthy of our remorse or indignation over there unjust death? This country has eroded, no corroded.... no, rotted from the inside out over the course of the last five years, all of which stems from hatred for other people and their beliefs, their preferences, their politics, or their skin color.

It is perplexing right now with all of the turmoil going on in this country. We hate our fellow countrymen for things as simple as who they voted for in the last election. How are we justified in turning on the news and being mad about the death of Americans in Afghanistan? Our politicians, a majority of them but not all, have wasted no time politicizing this event. I will not raise my blood pressure by listing the shameful comments I have read on Twitter today. Finger pointing, told you so's, and calls for impeachment were flying while the dead bodies of our soldiers were still warm. Don't just read over that. Think about it. This is how far away from God we have come as a nation. Granted, 9/11 was on American soil, but there weren't even whispers of the type of comments we are hearing from the media. Don’t get me wrong, we should have indignation over what has happened in Afghanistan. I’m also arguing that we should be just as upset over the fact that potentially over 100 other men, women, and children that don’t share our nationality, our ethnicity, or our religious beliefs also lost their lives unexpectedly today.

There are those of you who may be reading this article who within the last few weeks have openly wished death upon your fellow countrymen who choose not to receive a vaccine. Those who have wished death upon your fellow countrymen who voted for the other candidate. Those who have wished death upon your fellow countrymen who have disagreed with you over life choices. What if you knew the religion of these servicemen or women that died today? Who they voted for on the last ballot? What if you knew their vaccination records? Would you still have the same remorse and sadness and anger within you? Would you still have this voice in the back of your head suggesting justice needs to be served because of this gross atrocity? It seems to me that it is very likely that an individual from the same people group you wished death upon a few weeks ago may have been in the death toll of the events that happened today. There are some who may read this that not too long ago were suggesting privately that this country and the people who voted for Biden deserve what all has been transpiring in our country. This is just something that happened because they are a bunch of buffoons. "I’m glad that inflation is happening and they see that they voted for the wrong person. I’m glad that we’re not respected internationally anymore because now people understand how wrong they were in voting for Joe Biden." Let me ask you the same question. What if you knew that amongst the 13 dead servicemen or women, there was one or even four that voted for Joe Biden, worshiped Allah, believed in protection for trans rights, was a huge advocate for action on climate change, or even thought that black lives mattered? Would you have the same indignation for their death as the other nine or the other six? Or would you only be upset about the death of the six who had the same political views you? I’m willing to bet that you still, regardless of knowing this person‘s private life, have the same anger for their death as you do the others. This is called nationalism. There’s pride in who we are and where we come from. There’s pride in what makes us. Christian, Christ said "I am not of this world," and we know that we are just pilgrim's passing through. Christian, I ask You this question: In the last few months, have you found yourself in the shoes of any of the people I have described above? I confess that I have been. Is that the love of Christ? What if of those 13 servicemen one of them was not justified by the blood and is now spending eternity away from the grace of God? Yet, three months ago his Christian friend had a chance to witness to him about the gospel of Jesus Christ, but he just could not get over the fact that he voted for Biden, believed in climate change, and supported abortion. Does this change the way we see not only our day-to-day interactions with our fellow countrymen but also our thoughts that we have towards those across the world? Who are we to withhold the gospel, the free gift of God (Romans 3:23-25, Romans 6:23), from anyone on this blood-bought planet because of what they believe? Who are we to treat someone with contempt because of what they believe while calling ourselves Christians? "And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:11) What if the person who presented the gospel to you had that same thought? Where would you be right now? You’d be dead in your sins (Ephesians 2:1-10).

I’m not here to make a political commentary on what’s happening in Afghanistan and what should’ve happened and if we ever should’ve been there or if we ever should’ve pulled out. I am here to call for a change in our actions as Christians towards the world around us who was lost. We are the light of the world, the Spirit dwells within us, and we preach the gospel to the nations. "but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God." (James 3:8-9) I pray that no one reading this has had any of these thoughts or feelings that I have laid out. But if you have, do as I have and repent of your sin of the passive withholding of the gospel. He is just and faithful to forgive you. (1 John 1:9) Pray for your president. Pray for those who are lost and don’t see things the way that you do. Are they not worthy of salvation? Pray for this country to turn back to God, the one who made us who we are and gave us the power that we have. The one who has prospered us and created everyone that dwells on this continent. Instead of talking about how ignorant the left is in that they got us in this mess pray that the God of our salvation will change the hearts of the men and women of this country and draw us near to him with reverence for His holy name. Pray that we could unite as a country, and not as a façade. Pray for those in Afghanistan right now who are feeling hopeless. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ in Afghanistan because I can assure you, they need it.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 15:5-6

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