Insult to soldiers

    The letter in the March 14 issue of the SWTR claiming that one cannot be a Christian and a soldier is based on false reasoning. It is an insult to those of us who have served in the military, and especially to those presently returning from overseas duty.
    How can one claim he is doing service to God by refusing to protect or restore another person's God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? If the occupation of Kuwait by Iraq was an evil thing, then is not the liberating of Kuwait a good thing? Aren't we serving God by doing that which is good?
    Romans 12:18 says, "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men."
    A far wiser man than I said there is "a time for war, and a time for peace" in Ecclesiastes 3:8.
    In Luke 3:14, soldiers were not encouraged to get out of the military when they were converted in New Testament times.

Michael S. Cole, M.D.
22 March 1991
Southwest Times Record