This message made me extremely happy. So many of us are ordered to stand and bow our heads for Jesus on a disturbingly frequent basis. I’m glad that there are so many of us that are this feisty.
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The topic of prayer or invocations during official military functions has always been a touchy subject with me. I believe that prayer is a personal matter and should not be part of any military function. Chaplains will mostly say that they try to keep it “neutral” but it always ends up leaning sharply towards Christianity.
I do not bow my head, stand at attention, or even parade rest when the invocation is being read by the chaplain during official military events. I dare anyone to come and say anything about this to me; I would love to give them my explanation. I always look around to see who else is doing this. I can usually find five or six other individuals looking as annoyed as me.
Last week I had to attend an awards breakfast since I was nominated for NCO of the quarter at my unit. I was honestly dreading the whole thing because of the invocation. It literally makes my blood boil every time I have to stand there listening to it. The chaplain that gave the invocation at this event did not even attempt to keep it neutral. He mentioned Jesus several times and closed the prayer with “in Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen.” It made me pretty upset.
I’ve written before about the myth of ‘non-sectarian prayer’. That simply doesn’t exist. If you’re confused as to whether or not prayer should be a part of these incredibly frequent and often mandatory ceremonies, awards breakfasts, change of commands, etc… just read that link at the top of this paragraph. (especially the last half).
Even weirder, I recently detected a liar for Jesus in the form of a civilian preacher. He was pretending to be responding to a chaplain who was not sure how he should pray at events. It was for a major news source, and it was dishonest and disgusting.
Stay tuned, I’ve got an ace up my sleeve for this very situation. Sorry to be cryptic for now, but I’ve got a new strategy – and it’s hilarious.