Veteran’s Day (commemorated elsewhere in the world as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day) is tomorrow. Every year in early November, it reminds us of the countless men and women who have served in the military. American soldiers—and their brothers in arms from other countries—have marched, fought, and sometimes died in places all over the globe.
While the ethical questions raised are unique to each conflict, on Veteran’s Day we generally set aside such questions and simply salute those who have served their country. Nevertheless, the question of military service is one that has challenged Christians since the first days of the Church. Here are a few articles to get you thinking as you commemorate Veteran’s Day this year; all are from the Officers’ Christian Fellowship:
Can a Christian serve in combat? The age-old question of Christian ethics and the soldier’s calling. A Conversation with a Chaplain: What’s it really like to serve as a military chaplain? An open talk about the challenges and realities of chaplaincy.
For more conversation, you might also see a recent post by Jonalyn Fincher about women and weapons. The post, and the ensuing conversation, touch on a lot of the questions that swirl around the issue of guns, self-defense, and violence.
These are weighty essays, but amidst all the moral discussion, let’s not forget to thank and honor those who have served their countries on the frontlines. Let’s thank those who have served in the past, and pray for those who are serving right now in hotspots around the world.