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Tahmooressi is not the only Marine left behind in Mexico. Corporal Armando Torres was kidnapped at gunpoint – with his father and uncle in May 2013 – by cartel members while visiting his father’s ranch near Ciudad Juarez. Our government has been just as silent in his case.

We sent in the SEALs to take Bin Laden without a care for another nation’s sovereignty – as we should – when that nation is harboring the murderer of three thousand Americans. But why do we not send in the SEALs when captive Americans are alive and expecting their government to do its primary job of bringing them home from captivity? If Mexico wants our respect, let her do the right thing; if not, let there be an international incident. It would certainly clear the air.

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The Word of God says that Jesus Christ came to set the captives free; it is a recurrent New Testament theme. But, we say, that refers to spiritual freedom. The reality is that freedom is freedom, or it is not; it cannot be boxed or compartmentalized. The Great Commission calls us to be ambassadors of this God of freedom, whether releasing others in Him from the bondage of sin, of an oppressive government, of a rigged electoral or economic system, or of a culture of self-indulgence.

It requires one thing from us, and that is to choose to repent – re-focus and re-submit our lives to Him – so we can receive His earthquake life and live from now on, not just for His goals but in His methods. Only then will no man ever again be left behind.

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