How can Christians join the armed forces?

United States
October 23, 2006 12:20am CST
i support our troops one hundred percent. but i don't understand how someone who claims to be guided by the 10 commandments could join the armed forces. the bible says thou shall not kill. jesus said turn the other cheek. how can anyone who believes in jesus go and support a war, and even fight in it?
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@KrauseHome (36730)
• United States
23 Oct 06
Interesting topic. I know many Christians though who have chosen to go into the Service, and serve our Country, as they feel it is a right, and responsibility to help protect our Country. Yes, the Bible does state thou shall not kill, but in a case such as like War, we need people to be able to protect us from the enemies of this world. Plus you never know if they are Praying and God fearing Men and Women, Jesus will protect them, and they might also get a chance to touch and change lives, and make this world a better place over all to live. Just my thoughts on this one.
• United States
23 Oct 06
what a gracious answer. i disagree, but you have stated your case so gently yet clearly, that i am able to see your point :)
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
15 Jan 08
The meaning of "Thou shalt not kill" is "Thou shalt not murder" When one goes to war, one does shoot his weapon at the enemy and that is because either he is defending himself against an enemy or the enemy is determined to take over the lawful government of that country and we have been called to help. I will put this another way. Supposing some dictator wants to overrun America and Canada, so they muster all their troops. Do our troops just stand there and let them be shot?" Another case, suppose that in a far off land, this evil dictator starts throwing people in jail and in concentration camps and stomps over some peaceful country because his people need living space. Should we just sit there and all us Christians say, "we are not going to fight, war is unjust." So when the call comes, we have to fight and in necessary, shot our weapons at the enemy.
@biff333 (32)
15 Jan 08
Go to local recruiting office!! They accept most people, but on a serious note they vow to fight for God & Country