First of all, I want to honor the brave men and women of our armed forces, including those who fought in Afghanistan and lost their lives. They are truly America’s finest.
At the same time, I feel it is necessary to speak out against this bitter loss on behalf of the women. We cannot stand by while our government pats itself on the back and says nothing of the injustice these people are facing.
Effectively, the U.S. government has armed the most barbaric people in the world and called it an “extraordinary success.” We have stood by and watched our fiercest enemies take and use our military arsenal worth billions of dollars, and our “leaders” have acted like it’s a victory.
As the Word says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
It’s a bitter day for America, for women, children, the innocent families of our Afghan comrades who fought at our side, and Christians marked for slaughter.
The Afghanistan church is the second fastest growing church in the world. Jesus has been showing himself to these people for quite some time — and many are prepared to die for their faith and freedom to choose their religion. They need our prayers. As Jesus said, “the Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it” (Matthew 11:12). Historically, persecution always expands the church.
Nevertheless, we must honestly face the fact that our government has emboldened Islamic terrorists who are doing the following right now:
- • They capture girls as young as 12 and turn them into their forced brides.
- • For older women (25+), they kill their husbands and sell the women into the sex trade.
- • They train young boys to be merciless killers.
- • They kill homosexuals. They maim their bodies and throw them off buildings.
- • They mutilate and kill women in leadership.
- • They deny girls an education and burn down their schools.
- • They slaughter Christians.
So, our “Christian” nation has empowered these evildoers in unimaginable ways and continues to blame others instead of accepting responsibility.
When they call it a “success,” this is what I have to say: Woe to those who call evil, good and good, evil!
Because of failed leadership, 13 precious warriors died senselessly, along with hundreds of innocent people at the airport, where our government told them to go. What’s more, there are still stranded Americans, Christians, Allies, and fearful women and girls hoping to escape with their lives and dignity.
On the bright side, our prayers have been answered and are continuing to be heard. Thanks to brave humanitarians, journalists, and the tireless work of soldiers from several nations, many people have escaped.
We still have courageous men and women covertly operating in the Middle East to rescue and resettle those who want to leave — and our prayers and support for them are essential.
Father, please forgive us for calling evil, good and good, evil. As a nation, we have kicked you out of our schools and discarded your Word as our guide. We have adopted wicked ways. Your Word says that when we deny you as Creator, there will be “unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, and evil; envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice” (Romans 1:29). Please forgive us.
We humble ourselves and honor you as God. We cry out for the people in Afghanistan. We pray for all families affected by this nightmare and ask that you unleash a powerful wind of your Spirit over the Middle East.
Unleash your angels upon this land Lord! Do what only you can do! Bring your people to places of safety and provide miraculous passageways for women, children, and innocent Afghans to find security and freedom. Strengthen your church, spread the Gospel, and empower mercenaries to rescue the innocent. We love and trust you Lord. We know this is your battle to fight, and you will be victorious.
If you would like to support humanitarian efforts to rescue the vulnerable, I encourage you to follow and donate to those who are continuing to help the people in Afghanistan:
- • Global Catalytic Ministries. @catalyticministries on Instagram
- • Operation Recovery
- • The Nazarene Fund – @thenazarenefund on Instagram
- • International Life Corps – @robbydawkins on Instagram
Again, we pray that God will provide for them in the wilderness as He did for Elijah; part the way forward as He did for the Israelites; and show them His love as He did for us.
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