ARE CHRISTIANS IN MILITARY REALLY A ‘NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT’?
Posted in News by Benham Brothers | June 2nd, 2017
On this Memorial Day, we honor those who have died serving our country. We thank God for their sacrifice. And we stand in solidarity with all those in the military. We’re grateful for their service to our country.
Unfortunately, this is also a perfect time for the mainstream media to spew propaganda against Christian influence in the military. We’ve gotten used to this by now, because propaganda is vital to the health of today’s radical, anti-God, secular revolution.
Hitler wrote in “Mein Kampf,” “By clever and persevering use of propaganda even heaven can be presented as hell to the people, and conversely the most wretched life as paradise.”
A few decades later, Saul Alinsky wrote in “Rules for Radicals,” “If you push a negative hard enough it will eventually push through to become a positive.”
This is the power of propaganda.
The problem is, when it’s left unchecked, propaganda sets the stage for radicals to “create problems” that don’t truly exist in order to target and vilify groups of people so they can advance an agenda.
It’s a page right out of Alinsky’s book. He wrote: “In the beginning, the organizers’ first job is to create the issues or problems. Doing this allows the people to feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.”
So last week, when Newsweek ran an article, titled, “Trump effect inspires radical Christians in military,” it was as if the writer had just finished reading “Rules for Radicals” – because the entire article was nothing less than a targeted hit piece on Christianity. Check out the first sentence:
“Donald Trump’s election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a ‘national security threat,’ according to complaints from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).”
Are you kidding? Faithful Christians in the military a “national security threat?” This should be laughable, except for the fact that “clever and persevering use of propaganda,” as Hitler put it, will eventually flip things upside-down.
Among the complaints: military family and marital therapy programs are being infused with Protestant Christianity, which would violate the U.S. Constitution; open anti-Semitism; anti-LGBT statements, posters, symbols and bullying; openly, anti-Muslim teachers and Islamophobic attacks; a rise in on-base evangelizing; and increased pressure on recruits or lower-level personnel and service members to convert to fundamentalist Christianity.
… Army Major General Julie Bentz gave a speech at the 56th Annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast, during which she stated, “But my greatest privilege is standing in front of my king and my God, carrying every member of my organization to his throne and asking for his protection, his mercy, his love on each of them and their families and whatever are their concerns and burdens of the day.”
One of those who objected to her statement was a senior military officer who wrote to the foundation, saying, “As someone who’s served more than 25 years in uniform, including one assignment at the very organization to which she is now assigned as the deputy, I just can’t imagine a much more inappropriate or disconcerting message.” …
They (Christians) believe they are establishing a “Kingdom of God” on earth, starting with the United States, and are predictably anti-LGBT and unfriendly to females among their ranks.
The article also quotes MRFF Founder Michael Weinstein, who said: “The fundamentalist/Dominionist bullies have been emboldened by Trump’s own bigotry and that of his henchmen to such a profound degree that MRFF considers the dire situation to be nothing less than a full-fledged national security threat to our country.”
Propaganda becomes truth only to those who don’t seek the truth. If someone reads this and doesn’t know the true nature of Christianity or our Christian heritage as a nation, they might think Christians truly are “bullies” forcing their faith like spiritual jihad on our Armed Forces.
Yet nothing could be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, it’s the complete opposite.
The book upon which our elected leaders swear oaths of office says, “Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 2:17).
Christianity is not a forcing religion but a freeing relationship.
Christian influence not only leads to freedom in the soul but also flourishing in society, as that same book says, “Righteousness exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14:34).
Our Founding Fathers understood this, which is why Daniel Webster, U.S. senator, secretary of state and statesman, said, “What makes men good Christians makes them good citizens.”
And military leaders, like George Washington, said, “Of all the actions and dispositions that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told us: “We must keep God at the forefront. Let us be Christians in all our actions.”
And Ronald Reagan said, “Within the pages of the Bible are answers for all the problems men face.”
Are these guys “fundamentalist/Dominionist bullies,” too?
Today we’re told the Christian faith is a “national security threat.” But to whom?
Was Christianity a threat to George Washington? Daniel Webster? Martin Luther King and Ronald Reagan?
To say faith in the military today is a national security threat is spitting in the face of these great leaders, and countless others who have helped shape our great nation because their Christian faith influenced them.
“Mein Kempf” and “Rules for Radicals” will burn in the ash heap of history, but God’s Word, lived out through faithful believers, will stand forever. So we say God bless America. And may He forever keep His hand in the fabric of every institution of our nation, especially our military.