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CLARITY – 2-12-20 Never Right to Do Wrong


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-12-20

Never Right to Do Wrong

What’s Happening: “In an article by Business Insider that appeared Monday, a drill sergeant was suspended pending further investigation for an incident where he appears to react to a new recruit with obscene language and assault. The Fort Benning, Georgia, circumstance was caught on video and may prove to be an embarrassment to the U.S. Army, which  former Marine Corps instructor deemed ‘very unfortunate’ ( The former instructor went on to say, ‘You can’t endorse what the drill sergeant did, but that recruit obviously went way out of line. Traditionally, you can’t get away with talking to somebody like that. It’s not conducive to a professional military environment.’ However, anybody who has been to Boot Camp Basic Training, knows it goes on all the time…at least the profanity part.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought leadership was all about example. Some example!”

Biblical Response:  “True, but the instructors are not preparing them for a polite party, either. Preparation for modern warfare where your enemy way well behead captives…well, some hardship must be inculcated. Sure, there’s never an excuse for physical assault or excessive profanity…it’s never right to do wrong…and leadership-by-example is a principle that should be taught (so should servant-leadership – Mark 9:35). Do I know what I’m talking about? Yep…my Basic Cadet Training Boot Camp (USAFA – summer of 1970) taught me much. They even said when we went home for the holidays we might need to clean up our language. After all, when we graduated, we would be officers… an act of Congress had said so…but character is what leadership is supposed to be all about…and no act can magically call you what you are not.”

“Christians? It would be great if there were a predominantly Christian military and God could be expected to back our moves…(Don’t think God is interested in all that? Obviously, you haven’t read Matt. 10:34; Luke 22:36; Rom. 13:4, etc.). Is profanity and unrighteous violence wrong? Of course it is (Rom. 3:12-20). But to think a God who comes back with a sword protruding from his mouth is not about warfare is just plain uninformed (Rev. 1:16; 19:21). Besides, He ‘…trains my hands for war…’ (Ps 144:1 NASU) 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to good examples of Your true nature; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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