Jason B. Ladd

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VBS and VEO: Which One Threatens the Fate of America?

vbs and veo

I never thought I would place Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Violent Extremist Organization (VEO) in the same sentence.

Christians have lived peacefully in the military for hundreds of years.

So what’s up with all the hooplah?

Why do Christians suddenly have to prove they are not a violent terrorists because they follow Jesus?

Oops

How many apologies must Christians accept for “accidentally” being lumped in with extremists, hate-groups, and radical factions?

(Article: “Exclusive: Army halts training program that labeled Christians as extremists”<)

I guess mistakes are likely when training slides are built from the internet instead of official training documents.

Although, it was discovered that some official training documents reference “approved sources for information” which label the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and the Traditional Values Coalition “domestic hate groups.”

(Article: MILITARY TRAINING DOCUMENT: ANTI-CHRISTIAN SPLC A TRUSTED SOURCE TO DEFINE ‘EXTREMISM’)

I expect to hear about violent extremist organizations (VEOs) during international studies, not during a Google search for “military religious freedom.”

Huh?

How did “Jesus loves me, this I know,” become mistaken for “We hate everyone who disagrees with our views?”

It is encouraging that these events have been caught and reported on.

So far, the reported incidents have been “isolated.”  However, I wonder how many of these politically motivated ideology infusions still remain undetected.

How did the military become the target of anti-Christian activists?

How does one man’s grudge against the Air Force Academy get so much attention?

(Article: “Air Force Removes Nativity Scene”)

(Article: “Sued: Pentagon for Mikey Weinstein documents, Anti-Christian Activist Who Compares Evangelicals with Taliban and al-Qaeda”)

Maybe they’re right.  Maybe Christians are part of a hate-group, but the only thing Christians hate are sin and evil.  Even so, Christians are called to love the people still captive to their enslaving power.

The last thing our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines need to worry about is whether or not they can live according to their faith.

And yes, that includes Christian faith, too.

If there is a threat to America, it is from those who distract service members form focusing on the mission.

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About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

10 Replies

  1. Zachary Sarver

    Reading those articles makes me sick to my stomach. This secular culture sweeping through our country is an anathema. What is the justification for these people’s indignance towards Christianity? Have the social values of the Woodstock Era transcended time, and we are now receiving the backlash of the liberal Baby Boomers governing and educating this country?

    1. I think your questions provide a lot of explanations!

    2. Michael Thompson

      My sentiments exactly! The secular world is very ecumenical in their disdain for any religious faith. It is rare to even get these people to look past the false religions of the world to focus on the cross of Christ because they see faith as a virus that must be eradicated. The Humanists and Psychologists write the curricula, the Politicians make the curricula law and the people fall on their swords to edify this filth to their children, the children grow up to promulgate whatever the state mandates as ex cathedra all the while the Gospel that Saves is mentioned in the same articles as some National Socialist who mentions the name of Jesus in his racist rant.

      If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. John 15:18

      google: “eradicating the faith virus” | watch 3 min of the top video to see people talking about the “faith virus.” It’s disgusting.

      Thanks for this article Jason.

    3. arkenaten

      One of the reasons the USA is a secular democracy is to avoid being under the boot of totalitarianism or similar mindless fanaticism, including those of a religious bent, be they Christian or any other religion.

      Have you forgotten why so many fled Europe? To escape the religious pogroms and establish a land where religious freedom for everyone was a given.

      Granted, much of the indigenous Native American population had to be quelled first, by many of these same pilgrims/settlers, as it happens, eventually enacting one of the worst genocides in human history. And these same Christians then went on to become one of the .greatest (sic) nations of slavers in the world, which led to a civil war
      Ah well, you got your democracy, in the end right?

      Secularism is the reason you are able to espouse your religious opinion. This does not mean your religious beliefs should be allowed to be paraded at the expense of others’ beliefs or sensitivities. The armed forces are not the sole preserve of Christians.

      If theocracy ruled the day it might come to pass that even your brand of Christianity would not be tolerated. It has happened before. Take care it never happens again.

      1. I think we are mostly in agreement here. Religious freedom is good and religious persecution is bad. The problem with the discourse in America right now is that some groups want to equate disagreement with hate, and then criminalize the hate.

        Slavery in the Bible a often cited as a criticism of the Christian faith. However, Christianity was actually the most forward-looking group regarding equal dignity and worth for all people. That’s why Jesus repeatedly did the unthinkable and socialized with Gentiles, sinners, and (gasp) women.

        I do find the slavery discussion a bit ironic. You have thrown a stone, but who hauled them all into position at Giza?

        Dinesh D’Souza elaborates on the role of Christ in promulgating anti-slavery attitudes in his book What’s So Great About Christianity, and I highly recommend it.

  2. I hope this administration would stop demonizing Christian esp. in the military. I can’t imagine morale being high right now…

    1. We are keeping the faith!

  3. Susan Irene Fox

    Jason, we as Christians must be careful whom we accuse of what wrongdoing. We need to be peacemakers as much as it depends on us, and not foment accusation and finger pointing. I understand your concern, yet the more we seek to place blame on those “out there,” rather than minding our own house, the wider we open the door to the strategies of the real enemy.

    Revelation makes it clear that when we focus on the sickness of the culture to the exclusion of the sickness inside our own church, we blind ourselves to the fact that the enemy is the great deceiver. He lies and imitates. When we bury our head in the sand and ignore what’s happening in our own house, he weaves and binds us captive to regulation and law instead the heart of God.

    Just my humble opinion.

    1. Indeed, we must be on our guard from all directions. Famous Marine General “Chesty” Puller remarked about his situation at Chosin Resevoir: “We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.” We too are surrounded. I often focus attention on our external enemies. Thank you for the reminder about the enemies within.

  4. V W

    You asked how did it come to this? Probable because bible is being fulfilled in the most marvelous manner. Jesus said “look up when you see these things happening”. Yep we need to start looking for Him seriously.