The U.S. military is being accused of being a hotbed of Christian “fundamentalism.” Horror stories are being gathered, investigations are underway, and lawsuits are being filed.
You mean that people that believe you’re just worm food aren’t volunteering to risk death in the Marines?
I’m so shocked.
that is kind of a funny article. When I was in the air force I had to suffer through general protestant worship services and listen to very liberal sermons. The fundamentalists worshiped off base even in Italy. But I liked to drink beer so I didn’t go to church with them. I did go through the chaplain candidate program it was interesting to see how many chaplains you would run into who were being dishonest to themselves and everyone else.
My experience in West Germany mirrored Bror Erickson’s Italy experience, protestant on Kaserne and the fundamentalist off site. I don’t remember any proselytizing whatsoever from the enlisted or commissioned officers.
Do we really want the lethal power of the US military in the hands of people with out any real basis for there morals?
The WELS here probably has it about right by paying for and sending out their own chaplains.
I am guessing that the LCMS participation in the chaplaincy program did not exactly enhance the theological compass of our pastors.
anyone here have anything on how that interaction has played out?
FW, the chaplains that I’ve had a chance to talk recently said they really act in a passive manner. I talked to a bunch of them at the CTS symposia this past January and was sort of surprised at the latitude they are allowed in what they are able to preach. But each one I chatted with said they acted in a passive way. I didn’t pursue it any further as this was my experiance in the long, long ago…
We have had a chaplin as a guest pastor a few times and I was surprised that he was allowed to conduct Lutheran services and to deny communion to non-LCMSers. But I have a big problem with our “fellowship” with the ELCA when it comes to chaplins. It reeks of the old, well its mission work so doctrine has to take a backseat attitude that makes my blood boil.