Christianity: the New Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

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Could Christianity become the new don’t ask, don’t tell in the U.S. Military? If what Todd Starnes reports in Obama ‘Strongly Objects’ to Religious Liberty Amendment is true, the answer is – yes!

Starnes gives the following sample list of “Christian service members and chaplains being punished for their faith.”

  • The Air Force censored a video created by a chaplain because it include the word “God.” The Air Force feared the word might offend Muslims and atheists.
  • A service member received a “severe and possibly career-ending reprimand” for expressing his faith’s religious position about homosexuality in a personal religious blog.
  • A senior military official at Fort Campbell sent out a lengthy email officially instructing officers to recognize “the religious right in America” as a “domestic hate group” akin to the KKK and Neo-Nazis because of its opposition to homosexual behavior.
  • A chaplain was relieved of his command over a military chapel because, consistent with DOMA’s definition of marriage, he could not allow same-sex weddings to take place in the chapel.

Given the recent IRS and NSA revelations of their abuse of power, I would not be surprised if Christians were being singled out and unlawfully punished within government ranks. Time may tell.

I pray the type of suppression listed above does not affect the boldness with which Christians stand up for and share their faith. I pray the younger Christians will not be tempted to waiver in their faith and biblical morality due to the types of actions above. If the freedoms and moral fabric America continues eroding, Christianity will face true tests of faith.

There will be professing Christians who compromise their faith believing they can get in bed with the world and still follow Jesus. Then, there will be those Christians who are in the world, but not of the world understanding that they have one Husband – Jesus.

We Christians don’t have to let an American problem become a Christian problem. See, Jesus already told us that in Him, “you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, ESV)

The imprisoned Apostle Paul lived out Jesus’ words writing Scripture to us through the Holy Spirit.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:2-6, ESV) [Emphasis added.]

Take heart.

Here I blog…

Mark

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The above article was posted on June 13, 2013 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Truth Unites June 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

<i>”I pray the type of suppression listed above does not affect the boldness with which Christians stand up for and share their faith.”</i>
I’m guessing it will.
<i>”I pray the younger Christians will not be tempted to waiver in their faith and biblical morality due to the types of actions above.”</i>
I’m guessing it will.

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