I saw this article posted today in MilitaryTimes. The article was a short and to-the-point. An Afghan man had attacked Col. Paul Kennedy with a rock, subsequently breaking his nose. A Marine, Col. Kennedy’s security, opened fire, killing the man. It’s a sad news story. But, to be honest, I didn’t mention this to talk about the incident or Col. Paul Kennedy. I wrote it because the last sentence in the article bothered me.
I know what the sentence means, that the writer was just assuring the public that this person wasn’t someone that they were seeking to capture or kill or were necessarily at war with.
But that sentence is also saying something more, that his death shouldn’t seem to matter to most, and even more heartwrenching, that his life didn’t matter. I don’t want to dramatize things (it’s war and it’s painful and ugly and awful, but needs done -I know that), but it did make me stop and pause for a moment and think that, to God, that person meant an awful lot (even though he was a “vagrant drug user”). He was someone Jesus Christ had come to earth to save (John 3:16). Maybe he deserved death (that isn’t for me to decide, God decides that) but God cares for even those who deserved death. That man’s death may be of no importance to most, but God is mourning him.
Why not send a prayer up for those in Afghanistan today? Pray for those who don’t know Jesus Christ yet (that they will come to know him), pray that out of the turmoil and war-weariness that they will find hope in Christ, and pray for endurance and strength for those who already know Christ.
Also I’m very, very thankful for our military servicemembers over there. It’s not an easy job, and the need for split-second decision making can leave a lot of second-guessing later on. Pray for our soldiers, that God would be with them and draw them to Himself as they face the difficulties of war.