Its about time some brave voices stood up against the neutering of our armed forces. Last week, over 60 chaplains released a letter speaking out on a very serious and real concern chaplains on active will face if homosexuality is allowed to be officially sanctioned by the US military. From WSB News:
Dozens of retired military chaplains say that serving both God and the U.S. armed forces will become impossible for chaplains whose faiths consider homosexuality a sin if the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is thrown out. If a chaplain preaches against homosexuality, he could conceivably be disciplined as a bigot under the military’s nondiscrimination policy, the retired chaplains say. The Pentagon, however, says chaplains’ religious beliefs and their need to express them will be respected. Clergy would be ineligible to serve as chaplains if their churches withdraw their endorsements, as some have threatened to do if “don’t ask, don’t tell” ends. Critics of allowing openly gay troops fear that clergy will leave the service or be forced to find other jobs in the military that don’t involve their faiths. “The bottom line is religious freedom,” said retired Army Brig. Gen. Douglas Lee, one of 65 former chaplains who signed a letter urging President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to keep “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
We told you before that the gay political movement fully intends to use 501c3 status as a tool to keep the churches locked behind the gates of a religious ghetto. That’ exactly what Ameriblog, a popular gay website proposed in response to any denomination that removes its chaplains under DADT:
“Any church that withdraws its endorsement of our military should have its 501(c)(3) status withdrawn. They’re making a political statement, not a religious one.”
The implications are enormous —not only for military chaplains whose promotions are tied to OERs(Officer Evaluation Report)—, it could be disastrous for any Christian enlisted service member who expresses a belief that homosexuality is sinful. Repeal of DADT would open the door for persecution and expulsion of service members who don’t keep their beliefs locked in a closet.
Every officer in the military, including chaplains, is evaluated in an annual report. One criterion is whether the officer supports the military’s equal opportunity policy. If gays and lesbians are included in that policy, careers of chaplains who criticize homosexuality could suffer. “As a chaplain, on religious grounds, I could not support that, meaning that as a chaplain, I’m going to face consequences,” said retired Col. David Upchurch, a former Army chaplain who is now a minister at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Kan. The retired chaplains’ letter raises numerous potential conflicts facing conservative chaplains: – As the administrators of the Army’s Strong Bonds program for marriages strained by military life, would chaplains have to begin including same-sex couples? – Would a chaplain be forced to allow gay soldiers to assist with lay duties at religious services? – If chaplains must be available to counsel personal problems for all soldiers, will they have to remain silent on their views about homosexuality?
In nearly every arena they have set their sights on, homosexual activists have zeroed in on one thing: the abolition of laws against them. While that is the battering ram, they intentionally keep the argument narrowly focused on the “denial of rights” . Their solution? The immediate dissolution of any and all barriers to those “rights”. The abolition of law, is by the way, a chilling characteristic of the man of lawlessness spoken of in 2 Thessaloninan 2:1-12. But if you notice the gay political agenda never reveals its true goals, which can only happen once current restrictions are destroyed. In the case with our military the goal is the same as it has been with other areas: remove all laws and restrictions and policies which prevent them from gaining control of how we adjudicate, discuss and even think about homosexuality. And the retired chaplains are right to call it out.
“Many (if not most) chaplains will confront a profoundly difficult moral choice: whether they are to obey God or to obey men,” they wrote in the Sept. 16 letter. The Department of Defense has not said specifically how it would address any potential conflicts with chaplains stemming from the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said the military would not force chaplains to keep their beliefs silent. “Chaplains are allowed to speak according to the dictates of their faith,” she said. “With great acumen, chaplains, throughout the Department’s history, have found means wherein they could strike a balance between faith group requirements and Department of Defense needs,” Lainez said. “Members who feel something is inappropriate may always utilize their chain of command, the inspector general or other systems already in place, to address their concerns.” [our bold]
This is not true. And of course they would not say they would silence chaplains. Chaplains are already discouraged from preaching against certain sins (in the interest of so-called diversity) and cannot advocate any foundational biblical truths. In fact, one Army officer told me that the chapel messages have been reduced to watered down “inspirational” speeches. If DADT is repealed, GCM Watch supports the full recall of denominational chaplains from the military. If the government will not provide the same equal rights and free speech protections to the men and women who serve as spiritual leaders, then the chaplains will be nothing more than state regulated religious mouthpieces. Preachers of the gospel cannot afford to allow themselves to be muzzled for any reason. The conscience of our nation has been shaped by bold men and women of God who spoke out against the evils of our day. Now, another challenge has arisen and critical voices against it are already under attack.
Denominational leaders would be wise to gather their military chaplains together and advise them of what they could be facing. It would be a vote of confidence to the chaplains if those denomination sent out a pre-emptive —and public— letter telling the services they will not tolerate any restrictions on their affiliated chaplaincy.
As it stands, DADT is the best solution to the issue of homosexuals in the military and it should be kept in place without any changes.