I have known Jordan since he was about 12. He is now 24 and recently discharged from the Army. Jordan was one of the kids in the church youth group I volunteered for. I was disappointed when Jordan told me he was gonna enlist in the Army. He was a brilliant kid, very mature and had so many other options before him. I didn't just blurt out my opinion to Jordan. I truly asked Holy Spirit for permission to speak my mind before I opened my mouth. Jordan and I talked about it and that was the extent of it. He felt lead by God to join and who was I to argue with him and Jesus. Jordan eventually entered Ranger school. He has told me that the prayers of others is what helped him get through the grueling training. Jordan would also asked for prayer when he went through Jump School. I was often led to pray for Jordan's Spiritual training. In fact, during this time of his service I was most concerned about his Spiritual growth.
In no way did I want Jordan or any of his fellow soldiers to get hurt or killed. But at the same time, there were people that would cross Jordan's path that would get hurt or killed. And more than likely these people did not know the Saving Grace of Jesus.
- How do some people feel led by Jesus to kill in the name of their country and others do not?
- Is it responsible of me to pray for some one's safety and their ability as a soldier, knowing that someone is going to die at the hands of the person I am asking God to bless?
- What is the difference between two people defending their warring countries?
Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.Romans 2.14-16