It seems like it's been happening a lot lately and it grieves me to no end.
I have witnessed several incidents of homeschooling families who have laboured for years to raise their children 'different' who have separated from family, churches and friends in order to maintain the standards and ideals they believed were right...
Only to hand over their sons to the US military.
What a waste!
George Lucas portrayed Imperial Stormtroopers as faceless automatons, soulless killers that followed orders. In the recent film one of the protagonists is a stormtrooper who becomes human (as it were) and removes the helmet and breaks with the empire.
Not so our modern day Evangelicals.
Make sure they don't learn evolution in the school, make sure they dress right, make sure they don't drink but...
It's okay to hand them over to being brainwashed and taught to kill without question.
Raise them to hate big government...
But hand them over to the biggest and most wasteful government bureaucracy in the history of the world.
And for what?
They couldn't tell you and if they try to, all they will be able to spout out is state-sanctioned propaganda.
One of the families I'm thinking of has a son who has joined the Marines. These were the same people who were on me because I suggested that it might be okay to listen to some secular music and I gave John Denver's 'Country Roads Take Me Home' as an example. That was abhorrent to them. My salvation was in doubt.
They wouldn't allow their sons to go the mall because they might see improperly dressed women.
But now they let their son join the Marines?
I guarantee you they have a very romanticised view of what military life is... what Marine life is like.
Let me tell you, their son is going to be exposed to some things they would find shocking. The Marines are not a moral lot. I knew of 'clusters' of professing Christian Marines, a confused bunch if there ever was one. They had a very difficult time separating Marine protocol and morality from what the New Testament teaches. It was all a jumbled up morass that came out in a confusing semi-Scriptural cacophony. Jesus was turned into the Terminator as they saw it. The Cross isn't something to bear but something you slap on your machine gun.
I'm afraid their son will either be overwhelmed. In a state of shock and trauma he will be reduced to the fetal position and sucking his thumb in the corner or in order to fit in he will follow along as the wretches that are his comrades carouse and seek the services of women of the night. The Marines (in particular) are treated like they're in prison most of the time and so when let loose they often play hard, wanton and wicked.
They don't like loners. If you're a Marine it's expected that you are part of the brotherhood. You feast together, fight together and you go out and do other things together as well... things that shouldn't be spoken of.
I won't thank them for their 'service' but I will pray for them. I pray that they can escape the nightmare that they've entangled themselves with. I'll pray that they can extricate themselves before asked to do something very immoral... though being part of the machine they are now culpable for the deaths and violence inflicted by the American Empire.
I pray that they will leave the cult, and bear witness to their folly and the evils of the organisation they belonged to.
It breaks the heart. In one case I remember that young man when he was but a young innocent boy growing up in a Christian (albeit Right-wing) household. Now he's off to 'serve' on a submarine, part of the mechanism that would (if called to) reign down death on millions of people.
Recently I was out with my family and I saw some military recruiters eyeing up my sons. They know not to speak to such people, not to give their names or any other information. They know all too well my stories of military recruiters, their lies and manipulations. I experienced them personally and heard similar testimonies from dozens of others.
I was equally put off when I had just exited the dark nightmare of the US military and while seeking access to a seminary I encountered the official in charge of admissions and enrollment... who just happened to be a military retiree who proudly informed me he had spent nine years as a recruiter. It would seem he was hired for his skills. Apparently the seminary thought the skill set and methodology that military recruiters utilise would be appropriate for a school seeking to train gospel ministers.
Let's just say I was less than impressed.
Today he's found his true calling. He sells insurance.
The empires and nations plot their wars, lie and betray one another. But what happened to the Church that this became something to celebrate and participate in?
These parents celebrate their shame, posting their apostasy and Molech worship on Facebook for all to see. Let's call it what it is.
And the posts are flooded with celebratory comments of praise and gratitude.
Dark is the day in which we live.