Trends in the Military = Implications for the Church

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I want to encourage you to read this recent blog by Al Mohler.  I’ve always been challenged by the degree of male passivity in the church, but was suprised to hear some of the current trends that the American military is facing as well.  It goes to show me that the need for true discipleship and strong male leadership is at a higher premium than it has ever been in our culture…

I’m reminded of Ezekiel 22:30, where concerning Israel, God was looking for some godly men who could stand in the Gap for His cause, but couldn’t find any.  I know the Military is in need of “A Few Good Men” – and rightly so; but I can also think of a spiritual mission (namely the bride of Christ & her Great Commission) that could use some of those types of men as well! This has defintley been the challenge of the ages (see also Matthew 9:36-38), but will no doubt continue to be an even greater challenge for the church in the days to come…

I’ll leave you with the words of a great old school Hymn, “Rise Up O Men of God”, written in 1911 by William Merrill:

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!

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~ by Shea Sumlin on May 10, 2007.

5 Responses to “Trends in the Military = Implications for the Church”

  1. are you talking about pacifism or general apathy?

  2. Mainly apathy, but either can be the case… much of it begins with a general indifference or apathy towards the things of God- but for many it can eventually lead to an all out refusal towards the things of God. The Garden of Eden was a great example…

  3. what is denton bible’s stance on pacifism, or military? should a Christian take up arms? i know this isn’t really what this post is about, but pacifism has been gaining ground on the Criswell campus, and I don’t know how to answer it.

  4. Ok, so you’re talking literal pacifism (i.e. – a refusal to use war or violence, etc…) – I was spiritualizing the term as a reference to men and passivity.
    Honestly, you’re probably not going to find a position on the matter in most church’s doctrinal statements… So I’m not sure I could tell you that Denton Bible has a “formal” position on the matter. I can tell you that our Pastor’s not afraid of going to war or using it as a form of political self-defense against other nations. He’s preached on the matter several times- namely immediately following 9/11. So in that sense, you could defintely say DBC doesn’t support pacifism on a national level.
    For more insight into DBC’s position, I would encourage you to e-mail Charles Stolfus (cstolfus@dentonbible.org) as he’s probably done more study than most on the subject.
    For others, there are literally thousands of articles that have been written on the internet that you could spend hours reading. Most Christians are just going to be split. You have many who will say the bible supports it (such as “turn the other cheek” or when Jesus told Peter to put back His sword after chopping the Roman Soldier’s ear off). For others, they’ll show you dozens of historical and narrative accounts in the Bible where war was not only described, but pre-scribed by God. And yet many others will show a difference between personal pacifism (seeking peace at all times in your personal life for the sake of the gospel) and national pacifism (i.e. – Romans 13 – submitting to your government, even if that means war, etc…)
    So it’s a split camp brotha! I’m not sure you’re going to find an easy “rule” on the matter. I think ultimately you need to study up on it, pray through it, and develop a conviction that is based on principles of God’s word- and not rules.
    For me, I think at the end of the day- there is a time and place for bearing arms. And I don’t think it cuts the legs of God’s word to hold to that. But I also think there are times when it’s not right to bear arms- times when instead we should “turn the other cheek,” fall on our face and pray, and seek a better way for God’s peace – both personally and nationally. But you have to be walking pretty dang close to the Savior (both as an individual and as a nation) in order to discern when those times are! The REAL problem, is that most people are not walking close enough with God to be able to tell; and we end up relying on our flesh, instead of the Spirit, in making that decision.

  5. Thank you for your insight! I’ll email Charles

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