I’m In The Lord’s Army…Yes Sir!

Part of our Saturday, family ritual is for my wife to have a little alone time while I take the kids down to the local library to exchange some books, check out some new tunes, and hang out in a quiet environment for some time.

While there, I couldn’t help but notice two little girls writing on a white board, with one particular statement reading:

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Upon talking to the seven-year-old who wrote the statement, she said that her statement meant that God asks people to fight in the war.

When I was seven, God was a genie and war was something that only little, green, plastic men did.

There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

(Bob Dylan)

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~ by Dave Smith on March 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “I’m In The Lord’s Army…Yes Sir!”

  1. Upon talking to the seven-year-old who wrote the statement, she said that her statement meant that God asks people to fight in the war.

    It’s kind of heart-breaking, don’t you think? A seven-year-old who identifies God with asking people to go kill each other…

    And while we’re on heart-breaking perceptions:

    Last night, Ash and I stumbled onto our local Christian TV station accidentally. We found ourselves in the middle of what must have been a debate about soteriology, and this televangelist seemed to be taking on people who espouse Christian universalism (i.e., all are saved through Jesus).

    The sad part wasn’t the debate or the side he took on it. The sad part was the reaction of the crowd.

    The televangelist said the words, “God has never sent anyone to hell. Everyone who suffers eternal damnation chooses it themselves.”

    As soon as that sentence came from his mouth, the crowd erupted with clapping and “Amen’s.”

    There were a couple hundred Christians clapping and affirming the notion that millions of human beings have sent themselves to hell by their own choice.

    My point isn’t to dispute the soteriology; rather, my point is to say that any discussion of damnation should be somber and humble.

    As a Christian, I was offended when I saw this, and I shudder to think what non-Christians would think if they saw it.

  2. There you go again, Dave-quoting Bobby Dylan again.

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