A.W.O.L. • Absence Without Leave
Military personnel become AWOL (Absence Without Leave) when they are absent from their post without a valid pass or leave. Such people are dropped from their unit rolls after 30 days and then listed as deserters. However, as a matter of U.S. military law, desertion is not measured by time away from the unit, but rather: • by leaving or remaining absent from their unit, organization, or place of duty, where there has been a determined intent to not return; • if that intent is determined to be to avoid hazardous duty or shirk contractual obligation; • if they enlist or accept an appointment in the same or another branch of service without disclosing the fact that they have not been properly separated from current service. • The maximum punishment for desertion during "time of war" is death. A.W.O.L • Absence Without Leave
Your fellow soldiers/unit • Your Commander • Your Country Who do you effect when you go A.W.O.L.?
The pleasures of the world • The comforts of home • The reality of facing death • The difficulty of submitting to authority and exhibiting discipline • Not believing in what they are fighting for Why do man go A.W.O.L.?
Your Local Church/Fellow Believers • The Universal Church • Your Commander Jesus Christ Who do you effect when you go A.W.O.L.?
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:3-4