I know that many (most?) of the readers of this blog share at least some of my qualms with Christians serving in the military (for those who haven’t yet explored my blog, click on the “War and Peace” subject in the index at the top of this page). I have a question aimed primarily at those who do NOT fall in the no-Christians-in-military camp. I hope to get a few of my “Just War” friends to weigh in; if you know of anyone who ought to be invited to this dialog, and who can commit to keeping it civil, please recruit them.
This is not intended to be a “gotcha” or an attack on those with whom I disagree. Rather it’s a conundrum I genuinely do not understand and would like to learn more.
My question is this:
We know that there are, and have been for centuries, Christian citizens of the nation of Iraq. Do you believe it was (a) morally acceptable, or (b) morally requisite, for those Christians to serve in the army of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq when:
- Iraq invaded Kuwait?
- The U.S. invaded Iraq in response to the Kuwait invasion in 1991 (“Operation Desert Storm”)?
- The U.S. invaded Iraq again in 2003 (“Operation Iraqi Freedom”)?
If you answer in the affirmative in either (2) or (3), how do you reconcile the notion that Christians, citizens of the Kingdom of God, would have found themselves on opposing sides of a conflict where they very well might have tried to kill each other?
If you answer in the negative, please help me to understand, in the Biblical framework of Romans 13 or your choice of other passages, how you see the differing duty or freedom between citizens of Iraq and the United States in the context of the above conflicts.
And above all, please keep the ensuing discussion civil.