America's observance of Veteran's Day today brings into light one of our core values that is often skirted or tip-toed over in current times. Jason Barnhart asks us, "What does our peace witness tell us about how to honor veterans of war? Do we still possess our peace witness at all? Is it all just up for interpretation?"
Maybe a veteran can bring a view to all of this as well. You are right......no veteran wants to do what they are trained to do. It was a surreal experience for me. But the battle is always, how do we combat evil to protect those we love. It will be an ongoing topic until the day when Jesus comes and there will be no more crying and pain. Blesssings.....
Thank You Jason for your thoughtful and respectful thoughts on this subject. Here is my belief concerning this part of our heritage. I've heard it said, we need to follow the Word, not tradition. Tradition has it's place and is quite often good, but when it comes to our pacifist traditions, I believe this is an area we may need to respectfully admit our forefathers could have had it wrong. When coming to this conclusion, I follow our Brethren motto, "The Bible the WHOLE Bible and nothing but he Bible". Christ continually referenced the old testament, even going so far as to say "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled". Sure Christ did change and fulfill much in His coming. But I cringe when I hear we are a new testament church. Even in the new testament, I can find no clear forbidding of warfare.
War is a terrible thing. But there are always bullies ready to inflict pain, misery and woe upon otherwise peace loving people so as to further their own ends. Something worth remembering: If it weren't for veterans who answered the call to protect our freedom and liberties, then its quite likely we'd all be speaking German, Japanese, Chinese or Russian. And, there would be no Christian church in this nation Pastors and dissenting Christians are rounded up by tyrannical regimes and are either executed or sent to concentration camps.