Afghanistan: The place where empires go to die.
~ Ancient proverb
I wish you could have sat with me in my Sunday School class last week. My teacher, Deacon Naomi Hughey, is one of the best Bible teachers I’ve ever had. The lesson was from Mark 5:1-20 and was about the story of Jesus and his 12 disciples visiting a Roman province near the Sea of Galilee. Here is the narrative:
They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him anymore, even with a chain; … When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; … Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” … And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herds, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake.
Deacon Hughey did an amazing job explaining the power of Satan along with the excellent research materials she gave us tracing the origins of Satan’s power, his legendary beauty and his ultimate moral decline and spiritual madness in trying to overthrow the very throne of God as chronicled in Isaiah 14:12-23 and Ezekiel 28:1-10.
While she spoke I trembled inside. I began to wonder about the cataclysmic events of today, which many biblical scholars consider the “Last Days.” Unlike Jesus’ metaphysical approach to warfare in Mark 5, America, in our present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, relies too much on visible weaponry.
Therefore, I asked this Socratic question to the class: Can America fight demonic forces with bullets, guns and bombs?
Jesus’ battle with the Gerasenes demoniac in Mark 5 demonstrates that you cannot fight satanic forces merely with bullets, guns and bombs. However, America’s present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been fought that way for the past eight years, yet we have little to show for the over $1 trillion spent to wage war in Afghanistan and Iraq to date.
You mean to tell me that 150,000 American soldiers cannot defeat the Taliban, a small guerrilla force numbering no more than 300-500 fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan? I thought that America is supposed to have the best military of any nation in the world.
Yes, but the military has had their hands tied in Washington, D.C.
With mere words, “Come out of the man thou unclean spirit,” Jesus cast out a “Legion” of demons numbering 6,000 from one possessed man and sent those evil spirits into a herd of 2,000 swine, which caused the animals to immediately run violently down a steep hill and drown.
In Afghanistan, we are dealing with a vile form of human swine called the Taliban, a zealous branch of Muslim fanatics hell-bent on imposing their murderous version of Islam upon the entire world.
Where is Richard the Lionhearted (1157-99) when we really need him?!
Since the Korean War (1950-53) and especially since the Vietnam War (1959-75), Neville Chamberlain socialists in Congress and every president of the past 65 years (except Ronald Reagan) have fought wars not to win, but to make the corrupt bureaucrats of the United Nations happy with us. Those are two very diametrical war objectives – peace through victory vs. compromise through appeasement.
Why do you think Obama just won the Nobel Peace Prize after only 10 days in office? (Nominations for the Nobel Prize had to be in by Feb. 1). The prize was used to defame Bush-43’s “War on Terror” policies developed since 9/11.
The United Nations has always had ideas and policies antithetical to America’s long Natural Law traditions rooted in liberty, morality, the rule of law and Veritas (truth). The U.N. and the corrupt politician in Congress all believe in Positive Law (legal fascism), humanism and moral relativism – that no one country or people are any better than another, that one’s morality is predicated upon one’s own culture, which should not be imposed on others. Therefore, all these imbedded socialists, fascists and communists believe in an impotent America that negotiates with other world powers not from a position of strength, but from our knees!
So, can we fight Satan in Afghanistan? What about in other theaters like Iraq, in Iran, in North Korea, in Venezuela, in China, in Russia, where evil reigns supreme – can we fight merely with bullets, guns, bombs and “bilateral diplomacy”? No. The Apostle Paul said:
For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.
When we have a president championing the overturning of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” a Clinton-era policy that forbade the military from investigating homosexuals within its ranks; when military chaplains are forbidden to pray in the name of Jesus and “Muslim chaplains” with ties to Islamic terrorist groups are given free rein; when the military isn’t “unleashed” but instead micromanaged by duplicitous presidents and incompetent bureaucrats at the Pentagon and the State Department; then all the bombs, guns and bullets in the world will not win a war whose opponent is filled with the demonic forces so vividly described in Mark 5.
I told my Sunday School class if we insist on fighting a poorly planned war like we did in Korea in the 1950s, or a futile and protracted war like Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the 1960s and ’70s, then we have already conceded defeat in 2009 and should instead bring our brave soldiers home immediately.
I’d be happy if we do the best we can to defend this little piece of earth we still have left called America against a determined cabal of Muslim fanatics, Russian and Chinese communists and our own homegrown traitors occupying the halls of the federal government, the courts, the public schools, Hollywood and the government-controlled media complex.