Military Religion Question of the Day: Hensley
In May 2009, al Jazeera broadcast a show that included film from a military chapel in Afghanistan. In the sermon, US Army Chaplain (LtCol) Gary Hensley told his congregation they had a responsibility to be a ‘witness for Jesus.’ He said:
The special forces guys—they hunt men basically. We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down.… Get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That’s what we do, that’s our business.
As a result, some organizations have accused the Chaplain of violating military regulations and providing the adversaries of America with propaganda proving the US is on a ‘crusade.’
Did Chaplain Hensley’s sermon violate military rules against proselytizing, or any other military regulation or public policy?
Many of the resources at Religion and the Military may help you find an answer. Stay tuned for more.
Update: Read the answer to this Military Religion Question of the Day.