26 February 2006

Unselfish Courage

Something really struck me this afternoon (no, not the flu again). I was reading my friend Jason's blog and was "pricked in the heart" about something.

I hate war and fighting. The only thing I liked about the military was the television show M*A*S*H (don't laugh). I never liked (nor supported) our military going into Iraq, and couldn't understand when Jason left to attend the Airforce Academy. I knew he loved flying, but I couldn't understand why he had to do it through the military. Then I read this recent post of his...

http://theearthcanbemoved.blogspot.com/2006/02/16-apr-2005.html

That really convicted me of my attitude towards the military (and my government, in general) and gave me a different approach. If only every military person felt the same way.

14 Comments:

At 26 February, 2006 13:47, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I am undecided about the Iraq war.

I am definitely not a pacifist, but I am uncomfortable with the idea of a Christian joining the military. The armed forces could too easily be an unequal yoke. I would quite happily fight and kill in a citizens militia, but I would not be happy about serving in the armed forces.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

 
At 26 February, 2006 14:05, Blogger Carey said...

I personally wouldn't join the military, but I respect those who serve. It is a hard road to travel.

I'm too sensitive to things like that. I couldn't even make it through nursing school. *laughs*

 
At 26 February, 2006 15:01, Blogger TheEarthCanBeMoved said...

I can understand wh ya lot of Americans question the War in Iraq.
The media isn't helping the situation.
It seems like we're never going to get out of there.
But that's just the media's spins.
I've talked to several people who have been over there and they say we're make progress in strides.
Unfortunatly the libral media can't admit that.
Good news doesn't sell well on prime time TV.
Worst case scenerios draw better ratings.

 
At 26 February, 2006 15:14, Blogger Carey said...

Absolutely right, Jason. Oh for a media reform!

 
At 26 February, 2006 15:24, Blogger Palm boy said...

Ditto on Jason.

Carey: Did you support Afganistan? Iraq was a worse place. How many peopl even think about Afganistan now? It will be the same in Iraq in about a year and a half, about the time we go to war with Iran to save Isreal from a nuke.

"If only every military person felt the same way"

I'm pretty darned sure that at least a large portion of them do. Thats why they fight.

 
At 26 February, 2006 15:26, Blogger Carey said...

I'm not saying Iraq was a complete waste of time, but Bush really opened a pandora's box. It's not just Iraq -- it's Iran, Afghanistan, and all the other Arab nations. It won't end now.

 
At 26 February, 2006 16:22, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I think PB made a good case for why the Iraq war was a good idea.

However, like Carey, I think Bush openned a Pandora's Box.

I do not take a clear position either way.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

 
At 26 February, 2006 17:56, Blogger TheEarthCanBeMoved said...

Politically, yes,
Iraq is a Pandora's Box.
But our President isn't concerned with politics.
The only thing that concerns him is what is the right thing to do.
Based on the information he had at hand,
He did the right thing.
Now we have different information.
That's doesn't excuse us from the responsibilities we've incurred.

I beleive Palm Boy is right.
Many of my peers feel the same way.
The only joy we take out of our job is knowing that we can save innocent people from those with malicious intentions.

 
At 27 February, 2006 05:33, Blogger Palm boy said...

Don't mind if I do:
http://pushbackignorance.blogspot.com/2006/01/why-we-fight.html
Why we're in Iraq, and why it's the right thing to do. If you've already read it, then thank you!

Earthy: Exactly, Bush doesn't care about politics, and God bless him. At least one leader doesn't.
Although I do believe much of the political problems come from obstructionasts stating as fact that it was a mistake, for the past 2.5 years. If you say somthing long enough and loud enough, then people will start to believe it.

Oh, and you do take joy on wreaking havoc on officers. *cough*mattress&chairs*cough*

 
At 27 February, 2006 06:23, Blogger Carey said...

I may have opened a pandora's box myself. That's why I rarely talk of politics. Already in for a lecture from my mom as to why I should register to vote (and then be put on the black list for jury duty). We agree on most things... except politics. She says she has failed to raise a Republican daughter.

*crawls under a chair and waits for Jason to say something*

 
At 27 February, 2006 06:54, Blogger TheEarthCanBeMoved said...

Earthy?
Where's that come from?

Carey?!?!
Why wouldn't you register to vote?
That's your biggest influence on government.
It's not only a great American privilage,
It's a great American responsibility.
Voting is what makes this country great.Voting is what gives the common citezens their power.

Oh,
and BTW,
They don't get the jury duty lists from the list of registered voters anymore.
They figured out that smart people like you would just decide not to vote.
They actually get the list from Driver's License lists now.
Just FYI.
And Sitting on a Jury is also another American responsibility.
But that's another debate.

How'd you know I'd respond to that?

 
At 27 February, 2006 10:05, Blogger Carey said...

Mmm... because I've known you for... let's see... how many years? Six? Seven?

I'm going to go register.

 
At 27 February, 2006 14:08, Blogger TheEarthCanBeMoved said...

That's good,
Did I pursuade you or your mom?

 
At 27 February, 2006 15:16, Blogger Carey said...

Both, because I respect both of you very much.

 

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