Christians in the Military

During the devil-lution of the infamous “60’s” our commander-in- chief’s failed to rally Americans in the fight against wicked atrocities that were taking place in Vietnam.  Many young men chose to avoid their patriotic duty of military service by fleeing to Canada under the guise of conscientious objectors.  Even at the wars end, the liberal media launched a vindictive and demoralizing attack upon our returning troops who willingly served to protect the advance of evil in our world.   Many fathers of those same men served courageously in WWII and defeated one of the most wicked tyrants of our history.  Yet, somewhere in their distorted upbringing the vision of being a patriot was lost.  Today, we are facing perilous times once again.  Young men are being called upon to defend our country even though the current Commander-in- chief is dogmatic about tearing down the very foundation of our great Nation.  Our blessed America was founded upon the principles and precepts in the Word of God.  Let’s take a journey into the Scriptures and see what the Lord has to say about stemming the tide of evil.

There are those who are of the frame of mind, that by militarily fighting against the wicked rulers of this world that this task should be left up to God.  Their prevailing thought is that we should “Love one another” into peace and harmony.  Well, this is an admirable thought, however there are times when tough love is needed.  Within the pages of the Old Testament we are introduced to many armed conflicts in which the children of Israel under the direction of Jehovah, were victorious in defeating the armies of the enemies of God.  Sometimes, God allowed Israel to be defeated by the enemy as a measure of punishment to get their attention and being them back to him.  The conquests of King David, a man after God’s own heart;  an outstanding military leader, gives us historical accounts of the military conflicts fought in the battles against the enemies of Jehovah.  Among the many kings of Israel and Judah we also find honorable judges like Deborah who led the Israelites in a victorious battle against the Canaanites.  Since all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, and instruction in righteousness, we can accept the example that God does not want us to sit idly by while wicked rulers spew destruction and chaos in the world.  WWII was a prime example when the Lord used our great Nation to defeat Hitler the satanic executioner of God’s chosen people.  Being one nation under God we are endued with a divine responsibility to fight for the cause of Christ.

In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 God lists that there is a season for everything.  Among those listed includes in verse 8 is a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of War and a time of peace.  In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke it is written that ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars; for nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and these are the beginning of sorows…………..be ye not troubled:  for such things must needs be.  It would stand to reason that if the Lord informed us about these prophetic conflicts, that he expected his people to march forward as soldiers of the Cross and fight the enemies of God.  In 1775, Pastor John Muhlenberg concluded a sermon:  “in the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things.  There is a time to preach and a time to fight.  And now is the time to fight.”  He threw off his clerical robes to reveal the uniform of a Revolutionary Army officer and lead three hundred men to  join General Washington’s troop.

The annuls of the history of our great nation record the many Godly men who in the cause of Christ fought against the wickedness in high places.  General George Washington sought the Heavenly Father’s wisdom on numerous occasions during the Revolutionary war.  Abraham Lincoln was guided by the leading of the Holy Spirit as he led the battle to defeat the practice of slavery.  Ronald Reagan thought it necessary to seek wisdom from on high when Lybia attacked and killed American citizens.  General Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying that the soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training – sacrifice.  In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave him when he created man in his own image.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote that there comes a time in the affairs of men when they must prepare to defend, not only their homes alone, but the tenets of faith and humanity on which their churches, their families, their governments and their very civilization are founded.  The defence of religion among nations is all the same fight.  In the writings of Calvin Coolidge, we read that the welfare of America, the cause of civilization will forever require the contribution, of some part of the life, of ll our citizens, to the natural, the necessary, and the inevitable demand for the defense of the right and the truth.

Let’s remember the second stanza of the  Battle Hymn of the Republic

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:     “As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;     Let the hero born of woman, crush the sepent with His heel,  Since God is marching on.      March on O Christian Soldier!

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