When is a Deserter Worth Dying For?


You may have recently heard about the POW who has been released after years of captivity. Some people find this sort of news exciting, but others are quite upset.

Why would the release of a captive be a bad thing and not a good thing?

Because of the incredibly high price that was paid and the precedent it set.

You see, it not only cost an exchange of prisoners. For this prisoner to go free, the price that was paid included death. All this for a prisoner that was a deserter.

This prisoner did not deserve the price paid and it reflects VERY poorly on the Commander-in-Chief who allowed this egregious exchange. I mean, what kind of strategy is that to win a war? Rescue the ones who aren’t worth rescuing? Overpay in an exchange? Set a dangerous precedent??

I think you know EXACTLY who and what I’m talking about…

Wait, who is Bowe Bergdahl? And you thought I was talking about OBAMA?


In actuality, the prisoner I was referring to was YOU. It was also ME.

I’ll let Paul explain a bit:

Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. -Ephesians 2:12-13 (ESV)

You and I were slaves to sin (Romans 6:20). We were dead in our trespasses (Ephesians 2:1). We were unrepentant and rebellious, worth nothing to anybody. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us” (Ephesians 2:4) has “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).

Those of us who are in Christ now were behind enemy lines and didn’t deserve rescuing. But Christ died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Before we judge Private Bergdahl and/or those who negotiated his release, let’s remember that we were in his position. And God chose to go after us.