Before the United States pulled its troops out of Lebanon, Anthony Lewis wrote a column titled, "The Longer We Stay, The Harder It Will Be to Get Out." He was concerned about the "no turning back" pressure that seemed to grow daily as the U.S. watched the marines become more and more involved in Lebanon's strife. One act of commitment led to another. Lewis projected that the country's predicament sounded something like this: "We'd look weak if we left under pressure. We just have to stick it out until there is some way of saying that we have accomplished our mission." Although U.S. troops were able to leave Beirut, history indicates the Lewis' arguments were well-founded. Pride makes getting out of a difficult situation even harder as time wears on.

-Sermons Illustrated November/December 1988