When we forget our own to whom does the fault belong?
This could be a question of intentional accusations or the incompetence of one in charge. We are looking at severe instances in life’s attempts to save some and forget others who are dependent on those in charge. The ultimate results are moral and where the fault lies so does sin exist.
Without too much finger-pointing the disastrous decision to leave Americans in Afghanistan in 2022 where many lost their lives over a political decision that could have been averted hovers over an immoral intention that will go down as a murderous outcome. Yes, the horrible decision to limit those who made it out alive will be seen as a God-given blessing for the one in charge, but to those who perished, God had nothing to do with that.
As any of us might ponder this final blow to save every one of our own and refused to complete, the question arises that just who will take the responsibility for this reluctance to do the honorable thing? I have always believed that when one accepts the responsibility in any leadership position, that person must also accept the accountability as well.
When I mentioned that ignoring the decisions we make that intentionally create an immoral result is sin, that was not a misprint or hyperbole. It exists as sin as much as adultery does. We all have a mandate to look out for each other, whether here at home, or on the battlefields of the world.
One mistake that stands out like a bright light is trying to separate religious attitudes from civil actions, releasing the failing leaders from accountability from their responsibility as morally led persons. The answer is they are far from understanding God and the spiritual existence of right and wrong. It can be compared to what Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees regarding adultery and murder. The innermost thoughts of adultery and murder lie deeper than just physical actions. What we retain in our minds can also be just as evil. The action last year in Afghanistan, where military personnel were left behind, 13 military service-persons were killed, and many civilians had no way of being saved from the airport is a direct evil because the failure to save everyone who could have been saved was a blind eye to the humanity that sought freedom and received none.
Mr. President, you are that person who directly ignored these lives that you were obliged to protect when you took the oath of office to the presidency in January 2021.
Want a comparison: When Nathan the prophet confronted King David regarding a rich man and a poor man. The story goes that the rich man took one of the ewes of the poor man and slaughtered it for a feast he was throwing. Nathan asked David to respond to this sinful act. David was infuriated and said he would punish this rich man for his act. Nathan told David he was this man; an adulterous affair with Bathseba, and the murder of Uriah, her husband.
David accepted his crime and became mortified and did penance. Have you, Mr. President?
Ralph B. Hathaway