The Military Gospel

From Marinov on Facebook

My views of the military have evolved over the years, so now I don’t recommend any young person going there, except in some very limited circumstances.

But . . .

Contrary to all the whining about this recruitment campaign, it is actually the work of a genius. It is the perfect ad campaign for a place like the military. It sifts out people obsessed with their own egos, and only attracts those who don’t care about emotional pain, but are eager to find purpose and meaning in life.

The campaign is a small copy of the Gospel call of Jesus Christ: (1) You are a sinner (or, in military language, a worthless piece of crap, forgive my French). (2) There is redemption for you (you can have purpose and meaning, and a new life). Those who can’t die for themselves and live for a higher purpose, won’t be attracted to it. Only those worthy of the call will take it, because they don’t care what they are called, as long as there is work for them.

Offensive language and condescension have their rightful place, modern political and churchian correctness notwithstanding. Ask anyone who has survived through a boot camp.About this‘Gamers, snowflakes & selfie-addicts’: UK army lures recruits with bizarre ad

I always found it interesting & challenging, seeing the military from a Christian perspective. I serve a Lord who will – after centuries of patience – order (and get!) the genocide of an enemy nation, yet refuse to have King David build His Temple because he is ‘a man of blood’.

Christ strongly backs a Roman centurion, insisting that he has more faith than any Israelite… and yet, we are also to turn the other cheek, and walk the extra mile for even a foreign oppressor.

(Christ also on occasion asked his apostles to carry a few swords… so the Second Amendment is, indeed, Biblically endorsed!)

One of God’s titles is Lord of Host (Host = Army)… with Christ having His enemies killed right before Him.

But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.

Luke 19:27 (ESV)

…and Himself covered with blood:

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 1His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelation 19:11-16 (ESV)

And then, you get some kind of ferociously enforced pacifism going around:

The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 65:25 (ESV)

A mix of great violence, self-sacrificial generosity, and in time a rewriting of the nature of life itself.

If these images are confusing to you, imagine them from a Traveller alien perspective, with the Blood Vargr giving a strong thumbs up for Christ covered in blood, and a strong thumbs down for His hatred of wolves.

Or the K’kree, who are good for making lions eat straw, but begin to scream as they discover that God enjoys the smell of burning animal fat, keeping that for Himself.

If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed. And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and kill the sin offering in the place of burnt offering. And the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out all the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. And all its fat he shall remove, as the fat is removed from the peace offerings, and the priest shall burn it on the altar for a pleasing aroma to the Lord. And the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be forgiven.

Leviticus 4:27-31

As to exactly why the burning fat is so pleasing to the Lord: well, that’s one’s easy. Just consider it as a symbol of His enemies, burning and burning and burning… with the scent of Justice providing a certain satisfaction to the Lord of Host.

God is Good, and Just, and Holy… but nobody ever said anything about God being Nice. Luke 19:27 is just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to disproving that assertion!

And yet, Christ is the Lamb, the True Offering, removing the sin that all those bulls and goats could never do.

And Christ is also the Lion of Judah, tearing apart the limbs of His enemies.

Something for the K’kree and the Vargr (and the Aslan!) xenoculturalists to chat about. Remotely, of course, as the K’kree could never stand the smell of flesh (cooked or not), that all meat eaters have.

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the[c covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:26-28

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