This piece of news is both sad and satisfying. As the military — the whole U.S. government, in fact — grows more hostile to Christians, fewer believers are willing to risk their lives to defend “freedom.”
Christianity underpins not only the U.S. but western civilization in general. As the nations became wealthier and more technologically advanced, people hostile to the faith, yet protected by the biblical values they hate, sought to openly suppress traditional values and religious freedom.
Be careful what you wish for…
The Washington Times reported on what happened with a chaplain who did what chaplains do:
In December, a chaplain for a Ranger training battalion received an administrative letter of concern after a soldier complained that he advocated Christianity and used the Bible during a mandatory unit suicide-prevention training session. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers said the chaplain “used his official position to force his personal religious beliefs on a captive military audience” in an article the group posted on its website.
And, last month, a Navy chaplain was removed from his post and may lose his career after some sailors complained about his private counseling, in which he reportedly advocated against homosexuality and sex outside of marriage.
It reads like something from The Onion. A member of the clergy is reprimanded for being religious.
Perhaps receding from certain areas isn’t such a bad idea for Christians. For example, Christians should stick to their guns (pardon the pun) when it comes to their businesses, the well-being of their children, and the like, but refuse to risk life and limb for a government intent on suppressing them. Give the unbelievers what they want. Let the godless risk it all for “freedom.” Let them erect their monuments to unbelief. Let homosexuality and “transgenderism” in the military flourish.
God calls Christians to be salt and light in this fallen world, so there’s no retreating from that. But we can pick our battles. If military chaplains and other enlisted men and women can’t openly practice their faith, perhaps it’s time for them to shake the dust from their feet.
Do you think Christians leaving or not joining the military is a good idea or bad?