Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

Martyred!

August 12, 2010

On Thursday August 5th,  ten members of a medical team doing humanitarian work in Afghanistan were murdered by the Taliban.  They were captured, accused of trying to convert people to Christianity, and of spying.  They were executed without  mercy and without trial.

They were Christian.  This is true.

It is claimed that they had Dari language Bibles with them.  This could well be true.

It is claimed that they had “spying gadgets”.  They probably had an assortment of electronic devices, probably associated with their medical work.

Did they deserve to die?  Absolutely not!!

They were aware of the risks associated with working in the area.  They had accepted those risks because of their love for Christ and for the Afghan people.  We are again reminded of the ruthless nature of the Taliban, and our need to pray for Christians around the world who may live, or work, in areas that are hostile to Christianity.

God will welcome these martyrs to their heavenly home.

We should pray for their families comfort, strength, and peace.

We should also pray that their executioners may come to repentance.

It remains to be seen, what will be the full  impact of their lives, and deaths, in the region, and around the world.

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Courageous Military

October 5, 2009

The recent attack on our military in Afghanistan resulted in eight soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice.  Our military is an all volunteer force.   Everyone who enlists is aware that we are a nation at war, and there are risks.  Military personnel accept those risks in service to our country.  It is part of the job.  The courage of our military has been proven over and over again. 

The courage of our politicians, our press, all of the people on the home front, is another matter.  There seems to be a lot of vacillation here at home. 

As a society, we need to stand firm.  Supporting our military is more than waving flags, or tying yellow ribbons.  When the going gets tough we need to maintain a firm resolve to accomplish the mission. 

What is the mission?  To continue to oppose terrorist organizations, preferably on foreign soil.  We can be very thankful to our military, the Department of Homeland Security, and other law enforcement agencies, that since 911 there has not been a successful attack on US soil.

When we were focussed on Iraq, a criticism was that we should be focussed on Afghanistan.  Now that the fighting has shifted to Afghanistan, why is there not more unanimous support?

Our military is courageous.  Our support for the mission should remain firm.