So, the military is not persecuting Baptists. Now it is my understanding that Southern Baptists are among other things are known for being serious about the Great Commission. See Matthew 28:18-19 and Mark 16:15-18. Yet, two stories concerning the Pentagon appear to be hostile towards Christians who embrace the Great Commission.
Over last week or so, David Jeremiah on his radio show Turning Point has been preaching on the book of Daniel. I happened to catch a brief portion of his show Tuesday morning and thought how it was relevant to today.
An excerpt of Daniel 6 reads:
“King Darius, live forever! All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document, that is, the injunction.
It is amazing how this passage in Daniel ties in to a recent decision made by the military to appoint one of these satraps to serve as a special advisor to the Pentagon. This advisor is none other than Mikey Weinstein. If for some reason you don’t believe there is no relationship, consider the following quotes from Mr. Weinstein:
“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”
“We should as a nation effusively applaud Lt. Col. Rich.” He adds that the nation should “venture further” than Rich’s recommendations, saying, “We MUST vigorously support the continuing efforts to expose pathologically anti-gay, Islamaphobic, and rabidly intolerant agitators for what they are: die-hard enemies of the United States Constitution. Monsters, one and all. To do anything less would be to roll out a red carpet to those who would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy.”
“This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”
And Mr. Weinstein said, “O King live forever.” All of the above came out on Tuesday.
Wednesday's news indicate we are moving closer to the lions than anticipated:
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense. ... Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis."
The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
Laugh or cry, Laugh or cry. I suppose it all does not matter, because at the end of the day, We Win!
EDIT: The Dept. of Defense fights rumors that sharing personal faith is banned but aggressive proselytizing could draw punishment.
Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies aimed at discriminating against Christians and disciplining or even court-martialing those who share their faith.
But the Department of Defense on Thursday sought to debunk that speculation, saying that while aggressive proselytizing is barred, evangelization is still permitted and the rights of all believers — and non-believers — will be protected.
"The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement. "The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members."
"Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one's beliefs (proselytization)," Christensen added.