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What’s Your Sell-Out Price?

August 30th, 2010 3 comments

In December 2009, President Barack Obama delivered his much anticipated policy decision on the way forward in the War in Afghanistan. To the delight of those who are serious about actually defeating the violent Taliban regime, he announced we would be sending an additional 30,000 troops. However the troops came with a price tag: a deadline for withdrawal. More troops in exchange to an 18 month withdrawal timeline.

While we all want this war to end so our sons and daughters can return home safely to us, military leadership correctly blasted the president’s plan, arguing that it would undermine our allies and embolden our enemies.

The Heritage Foundation reported last week that the President’s policy met with another high profile critic, retiring U.S. Marine Gen. James Conway, who told reporters that the July 2011 withdrawal date has given a morale boost to Taliban insurgents who now believe they can simply wait out NATO forces. According to the General, this artificial deadline is “giving our enemy sustenance.” It seems that our intelligence forces have intercepted the communication of Taliban insurgents telling each other that they only needed to hold out for so long.

As I read about the power of limited commitment and weakening resolve in actually providing emotional, physical and spiritual “sustenance” to our beleaguered enemies, I could not help but apply the same principles to our spiritual condition. How committed are we to seeing the realization of our Kingdom dreams? Will we fight until we win or have we given our enemy a withdrawal deadline? Have we empowered our enemy with political declarations based on comfort and convenience or are we making prophetic declarations based upon the conviction in our hearts that God and His promises are true. We are promised victory. The question remains, do we have the spiritual resolve to fight for it?

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