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Police and military chaplaincies under attack; should churches even bother sending them?

06 Jul

I recently came across this article, about how police chaplains in Charlotte, North Carolina, are forbidden to mention the name of Jesus in prayer.  I have read similar things before, happening elsewhere; I’m sure this is not unique; moreover, I think we can expect it to become more common, rather than less, as time goes by.

Today, I came across this article, about how chaplains in the American military are increasingly coming under pressure, as to what they can read from Scripture, how they are to pray, etc.  There, too, chaplains are being strongly encouraged to toe the politically correct line, or consider resigning; no doubt in time, they’ll be forced out, if they can’t abide the government’s regulations on them.

Now, conservatives of the kind who are inclined to support the police and the military in all that they do, no doubt find these kinds of pressure on police and military chaplains distressing, and would like to see it stop.  So would I, but I think a bigger question, that perhaps Christians should start asking, is whether we should even bother.  Given the pointlessness in wasted lives lost overseas for no good reason, and billions of dollars spent on such operations; and given increasing police idiocy and tyranny in society today, I think churches ought to take a more critical look at State institutions such as the police and the military today, and consider whether (a) they should really be encouraging, rather than actively discouraging, their members from becoming part of the tyrannical system (and therefore being in need of having spiritual support from chaplains in such professions), and (b) whether they should continue to send chaplains into the police and military services, given that they are increasingly being put under pressure to deny Christ’s name, and Christian teachings – we are, after all, to ‘obey God rather than men’, as Peter said, when there is a conflict between the two.

Perhaps churches should both speak out against the evils of such state institutions today, and discourage their members from newly joining them – but also keep their chaplains in them as long as they can, to support those Christians still in them, and to bear witness for Christ – and have their chaplains actively defy and disobey government edicts, by reading Biblical passages against sodomy, by praying in Christ’s name, etc., until they are either kicked out or jailed; perhaps the time has indeed come, for Christians in the West, to courageously stand actively against the evils of our time, in bold defiance, regardless of the cost.  For we know, our reward in heaven will be great.

BTW, for now, it seems hospital chaplains and prison chaplains aren’t coming in for the same kind of treatment (at least, I haven’t read or heard of many such cases) – but no doubt, it will come, too…  We should prepare ourselves for that eventuality.

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16 responses to “Police and military chaplaincies under attack; should churches even bother sending them?

  1. Will S.

    July 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

     
  2. endwatcher

    July 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Very true article. The culture has fallen away, the church must decide if it will be faithful or fallen too. Preaching against sin must be done, and Jesus name must be glorified. We must prepare for the battle ahead.

     
  3. Will S.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Exactly, endwatcher.

     
  4. Sis

    July 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    “and have their chaplains actively defy and disobey government edicts”

    I like the conclusion you came to!

     
  5. Will S.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I’m sort of mixed feelings about it, Sis, but the thought did occur to me that staying put, but engaging in civil disobedience, may be preferable to fleeing. That’s my inclination, anyway.

     
  6. Chris

    October 5, 2013 at 7:46 am

    On the issue of Catholic priests not being allowed to give Mass on Base. Ann Barnhardt, being the staunch Papist she is has the correct response.

    Yes, I saw that the Obama regime is threatening to arrest any priest chaplain who says Mass. Obviously, every Catholic priest chaplain should IMMEDIATLY go offer the August and Unbloody Holy Sacrifice in the most public way possible every single day and then force the Obama regime to either arrest them and physically drag them off the altar or sit down and shut up.

    I will forgive her her Catholic eucharolatory as her spirit is correct. I would hope that the Presbyterians and Anglicans would be holding daily service as well.
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    And if that is not allowed, if we are not permitted to pray, then it may be time to go full anabaptist and withdraw from Babylon. For if you cast out Christ, you cast out reformation of wrongs and preservation of the good.

     
  7. Will S.

    October 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I agree, instead of whining about the State’s enacting this, it’s time for Christians to openly defy the State, and challenge it, come what may.

    But that said, I find the Anabaptist complete separation from the State appealing at present, even though I wouldn’t normally, because I think we should avoid endorsing the Empire’s wars, and giving the Empire the appearance of legitimacy.

     

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