A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-7-19
What’s Happening: “Arwin Rahi of The National Interest published a story yesterday about how the Taliban may now be the victor in the U.S.’s 19-year war in Afghanistan, citing the on-again/off-again talks between the insurgent Taliban and the U.S., which he views as parlaying with the enemy. He also cites the victories his people have had historically, first with the British and later with the Soviets…and he may not be wrong,,,at least in the short-term (https://news.yahoo.com/taliban-won-americas-nineteen-war-162600538.html). Quoting from the opinion piece, ‘Despite some important—albeit fragile—achievements, Afghanistan as a whole hasn’t benefited the way it should have from U.S. presence, owing to the collective incompetence and irresponsibility of the international community and the Afghans alike.’
Knee-Jerk Response: “I thought we didn’t negotiate with terrorists…”
Biblical Response: “We don’t, but in the Taliban’s case, it’s complicated. You have to separate the Taliban (which is now – allegedly – more of a political organization with a violent wing) from Al-Qaeda, those involved in the 9/11 attack. Like I said, it’s complicated. To give you a little recent history lesson, go to Wikipedia’s site (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_invasion_of_Afghanistan).
In any case, I think we all have a tendency to judge long-term issues myopically (in short-term measures). I call it ‘snapshot judgment.’ You know, you look at a group of people who smile at the camera for a picture…say: ‘cheese!’. It’s kind of like the pictures we hang over our mantel of our happy families…the visiting public has no knowledge of the family bickering or inbred competition that goes on elsewhere. When Joseph made his brothers swear to carry his bones to the Promised Land (Gen. 50:25), he was taking the correct longer view. The Taliban may look like the victor now (there was a time when the Brits, the Soviets, and the Americans did, too). But only God really knows what the score truly is.”
“Christians? We believe an eternal perspective is the only correct one. That’s why we look to the One Who declares the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10) for our direction. Any other perspective is just too short-term.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to see and judge from Your eternal perspective, not our own temporal one; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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