Yes, this is my second blog today in reaction to something from CNN.com. One good blog deserves another.
Apparently, there is an atheist soldier suing the army for religious discrimination, harassment, and proselytization by the army towards evangelicalism. Now all this criticism may be fair, though it should be noted that the military is having religious issues all over on different sides. For example in that many military chaplains have felt pressure by senior officers to pray in a certain way (without mentioning Jesus). It is important to respect the religious freedom of anyone of any faith, and that includes respecting the necessarily public nature of Christian faith as well as the atheists right to abstain from religiosity at an individual level (meaning, it's not his place to demand for example that chaplains can't pray at formal events... he doesn't have to pray along).
There was a dead end suggested in the article by Michael Weinstein who is the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation towards the end of military freedom.
According to Weinstein "...when you put the uniform on, there's only one religious faith: patriotism,"
If this understanding ever prevails (and that's a big if), then it's time for every God fearing Christian to put off the uniform or avoid it all together. It's one of the big 10, that we are to have no gods before Yahweh, and that restriction isn't restricted to Zeus or Baal but can include democracy, liberty, patriotism, free market and so many other values and ideals that our nation supports with force which very well could become gods if we are not careful and critical of their limits and pitfalls. Many of us American Christians no doubt give more thought to our status as American citizens than we do as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. Perhaps this is a major reason why our salt isn't so salty.
There was another item of interest in the article regarding the atheist soldier himself. After two tours of duty in Iraq, he says he lost his faith after he was challenged on his faith in scripture by atheists. He had too many questions without answers and thus became an atheist with nor reservations for the supernatural.
Is this really the thinking man's journey? It seems to me, if you have questions, you go and seek the answers. Perhaps he did, but between two tours of duty, how much time does one have to give these issues serious thought and seek the the help of the learned scholars upon on them.
Here's the original article