Considering military intolerance of the Bible, and the state of religious pluralism in today’s military, reminds me of the whole COEXIST bumper sticker phenomenon. Many of you have had to noticed it around your town. A sticker that says COEXIST, the word is spelled with each letter being represented by a separate religious symbol. I spent a little time researching just what this means for different people. It is believed that the original purpose behind the “COEXIST” bumper sticker is “support of religious freedom, tolerance and understanding.” However, after scrolling down through a couple hundred or so comments on a popular website discussion board addressing the question of “what does COEXIST mean to you”, it is quite clear that whatever that bumper sticker was really meant to say, most people are simply offended over Christianity’s exclusive claim of being the “only way” to heaven. (John 14:6)
Military intolerance of the Bible is very similar problem. What kind of bumper sticker can we put together to advertise that?
My friend, and Missions To Military founder/President Keith Davey, recently shared with me the following facts about Military intolerance of the Bible:
The Continental Congress, on September 11, 1777, ordered the importation of 20,000 Bibles for our Soldiers. “The use of the Bible is so universal and its importance so great that the Committee of Commerce is authorized to import 20,000 Bibles from Holland, Scotland, or wherever!” – “The History Of The Bible In America“.
By contrast, our government has ruled that they will not fund Biblical Christian activities such as biblical marriage enrichment retreats, or the purchase of biblical religious materials for the Military. – Keith Davey
It reminded me of what I’ve been saying in my presentations to churches, small groups, and to whoever will listen… “I believe there is a systematic effort underway to purge Christianity from our nation’s military.” At the very least, some of our Military Chaplains are having an increasingly difficult time doing their job while adhering to their faith. It is clear that there is a double-standard when it comes to religious pluralism, and the military intolerance of key doctrines of biblical Christianity.
Examples of Military Intolerance of the Bible Today:
When I speak to people about the need for church-based military ministry I usually provide a several examples of military intolerance of the biblical worldview. Here are just three in recent news:
- A prominently displayed Bible was forcibly removed from a POW/MIA display at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Evidently the public display of a Bible is not in keeping with a pluralistic environment. read more
- In December of 2014 a chaplain for a Ranger training battalion was disciplined for using the Bible during a suicide prevention seminar. Imagine, using a Bible as the basis for a suicide prevention seminar. We chuckle, but a single complaint from a soldier was all it took. read more
- Navy Chaplain Wes Modder who nearly lost his commission after advocating against homosexuality during private counseling. This case has been recently updated and the outcome was favorable for Chaplain Modder, but the issue itself illustrates the increase in controversy between political-correctness and the Bible in key areas of spiritual counseling the military. read more
Our country has long stood for Christian principles, but many believe those principles have been eroding over the past few decades. Led by humanistic values, we replace God with self-serving idols, and inconsistent, anti-theistic scientific paradigms. Nancy Pearcey, well-known Christian author and proponent of the Christian worldview, speaks to a great deal on the topic of modern science, and its self-defeating paradigms. An intolerance for Truth, as found in none other than God’s Word, is at an all time high in the military, and the nation at large. It would seem that we, like Israel of old, have forgotten our God. (Ezek. 22:12)
The Bad and the Good of it all:
It does seem that our military leaders are siding with political correctness over and above God’s Word. As I said before, I believe there is a systematic effort to purge Christianity from the military. An intolerance of God’s best for us absolutely permeates through the ranks of the military today. Nevertheless, our God is in control, (and that deserves a big AMEN!). Our nation is moving exactly where God intends for her to be in history as part of God’s overall plan of redemption for the entire world. This is a good thing!
The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand (Is. 14:24)
What do you think?
Do you think there is a systematic effort on behalf of our nation’s leaders to purge God from our nation’s military? How does this affect your state of being an American (your patriotism), and your walk with God?