Fox News published a piece last week which told the story of 19 year old Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk and the opposition he faced when asked to express his beliefs on homosexuality at his Air Force base. Fox News Columnist Todd Starnes writes:
After he [Monk] was relieved of his duties, the Liberty Institute filed a religious discrimination complaint on his behalf.
Last week, Monk was supposed to meet with an Air Force investigator tasked with gathering facts about the complaint. But when he arrived, Monk was immediately read his Miranda Rights and accused of providing false statements in a conversation Monk had with me.
One should not expect the situation to become easier for Christians from here on out. The war on individual liberty eventually becomes a war on the foundation of individual liberty: Christianity, especially Protestant Christianity (perhaps this is redundant). The homosexual agenda is not one which simply aims for a peaceful coexistence, or a “mutual tolerance” as they would like to claim. Rather, the LGBT movement aims to cut out traditional marriage, traditional family, at its very root. It demands a monopoly on the viewpoint of marriage and relationship. To disagree is to commit a crime. And crimes as they define them must always be intensely punished according to these statists.
The article continues to read:
And he’s [Monk] not the only Christian at Lackland Air Force Base facing persecution for opposing gay marriage, according to Monk’s pastor.
Steve Branson is the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church, about five miles from the Air Force base. He tells me that as many as a half dozen of his church members are currently facing persecution on the base for their religious beliefs.
“Sgt. Monk is just the tip of the iceberg,” the pastor tells me. “Anyone who doesn’t hold to the right view on homosexuality is having a very difficult time.”
Branson said one colonel is not even allowed to voice an opinion on the matter over fears it might cost him his job. Another airman has been brought up on charges eight times.
Christians are under attack, the pastor warned – and Lackland Air Force Base seems to be ground zero.
Christians are under attack. But should we expect anything else? Since the time of Christ, the message of the Truth has been a minority position. The object of our faith, Christ Himself was crucified, murdered. And in John 15:18-19 he said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of this world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” Only in pre-21st century America has the belief system of Christianity been socially tolerable. This is an anomaly. Usually, the Christians are a small and despised number compared to the rest of a culture. The blessings of a religiously rich society though cannot last forever. Indeed it began to fade away in the time of Machen and his battle against liberalism. It is in this decade though that the effects are beginning to be seen. The world hates Christianity and turns from the truth.
What, then, should be done in situations like those revealed in the article? It is to the great demise of Christianity that many so-called Christian leaders have put such ill-founded faith in the State’s functions. It was the opinion of many American Christians until the great expansion of the military in the Cold War era that nothing the government does should be trusted. The government is dangerous to liberty, indeed the government is the opposite of liberty and wherever it sits, liberty is not to be found. Unfortunately, the military was seen as an exception to this tendency. The military was made a god in the hearts of many Church goers. They now sing songs to the state and its flag, dedicate special prayers to its members, and honor it in ways that Churches in the pre-Machen era would find disturbing. The military became a false god for the Christians.
But it is the opinion of the Christian libertarian that the single most dangerous function of the current State, indeed states of all time, is the military that it uses to expand its empire. Randolph Bourne wisely noted in a phrase that should never be seen as cliche, “War is the health of the State.” War and the military should be feared even more so than socialized medicine. The State does not use the military to “protect and serve” or to “defend the nation’s security” or to “ensure that justice is carried out.” On the contrary, the State’s military acts in such a way so as to make its victim’s beg God for justice to be done. It destroys lives and families and private property. It offends the world and endangers the American people, financially and physically. The state’s military is an idol that should be opposed, not worshiped.
As America expands her empire, Christians will indeed face the awful truth: that they fell for a false god. On a personal level, I am a recovering neocon. I have only been a libertarian for two years. It was humbling to realize that the military is a force to be spoken out against, not willfully funded and defended. That the military has so warmly embraced the LGBT movement agenda is a sign: get out. Stop worshiping the beast. No need to fight legal battles to state your rights in the military. The military itself is an abomination. Leave the military in droves. If you work for it, stand up for the Christian faith and leave. If you are considering working for it, don’t. If you don’t work for it but praise its activities, repent and do not look back.
The military is not there to protect your freedom. You must tell your children that it was your generation that allowed the military to take it away.
Be this guy: