In response to recent attacks on religious freedom, an article by Chuck Holton questions whether Christians in the US military have become the new class of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” worried the chaplains who follow the biblical view of same-sex relationships. Congress then stepped in, passing a bill that guaranteed the rights of all military personnel to exercise their faith.
Ron Crews, head of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said the result of that legislation is that “chaplains can be chaplains.”
Unfortunately, there continue to be attacks on Christians who want to exercise or express their faith as they serve in the US military. (The article cites the story of Chaplain Lawhorn, for example.) While these attacks have generally come from outside the service — from critics like Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, for example, who attacks even Christian church services — the US military has sometimes reacted to these attacks as if the critics were correct from the outset, even if they were ultimately proven wrong. The perception of this propensity is unprecedented on any other issue over which the military is critiqued.
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Chuck Holton, a former Army Ranger and author of A More Elite Soldier, in a recent interview:
“The military is being turned into this great social experiment and they’re not being allowed to go out and accomplish their mission – which is to defeat the enemy,” he said.
“Now they’re being told, ‘You have to defeat the enemy, but you have to do it without actually offending them,'” he said.
More at CBN News.
Chuck Holton at “Boots on the Ground” happened upon a first-person video capturing the aftermath of an IED attack on US forces in Afghanistan. The candid video shows both the resilience of the military vehicles in which US forces were riding (they were damaged but not destroyed) as well as the resilience of American forces themselves.
Near the end of the 8 minute video, the troops hold a worship service, led by a guitar-playing Chaplain. The makeshift chapel resounds with the voices of those who truly know that God is a God of wonders.
Multnomah Publishers, Sisters, Oregon, 2003.
Topic: Christian living
Mr. Holton’s book is not specifically for a Christian military audience, but it is very well written; it is essentially autobiographical relating to the author’s time as an Army ranger, with analogies to Christianity, though the application is not specific to the military life.
Recommended for those who enjoy application of the military to Christianity. Not specific to the Christian fighter pilot.
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