Was Afghanistan Worthwhile or Wasted? Christians Lament, Pray, and Learn as Taliban Retakes Control

As the world debates the US withdrawal, 15 leaders reflect on how they are applying their faith to understand how to best advocate for justice in the aftermath.

It will be hard to forget the images of Afghans mobbing outgoing aircraft, some clinging on to planes with their bare hands, in their desperation to leave their country following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.

President Joe Biden’s follow-through on former President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban’s prompt takeover, and the seeming lack of coordination and planning to evacuate translators and others at risk of persecution have sparked intense outrage and sadness worldwide.

Christians both inside and outside the United States disagree on what the US government and military should have done. But they are trying to apply their faith to help them understand how to best advocate for justice in the aftermath.

CT surveyed 15 leaders on what they are lamenting about the American withdrawal and Taliban takeover; how they’re praying for Afghanistan’s future; what they think American Christians can learn from the war; how they see the long-term impact on the mission field; and whether the decades of investment by Americans troops and foreign Christian workers were worthwhile or wasted.

Click to navigate through the following questions:

  • What do you lament the most about the American withdrawal and the Taliban takeover?
  • How are you praying for Afghanistan’s future?
  • How should American Christians reflect on this war?
  • If the US entered an unwise war to begin with, was it best to stop and fully withdraw, as a sign of repentance?
  • What type of longterm impact do you think this will have on the mission field in Afghanistan and surrounding region?
  • To what extent were the decades of investment by American forces and foreign Christian workers worth it or all for naught?
  • Anything else?

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