BLOWING OFF STEAM – WOMEN IN FRONT-LINE COMBAT
I usually do not get too worked up over political issues. I do care very much about what is happening and look hopefully through a biblical lens in evaluating them. I have found however a great amount of angst over the announcement that women would now serve in front-line combat positions.
I served for six years in the military and though I did not hold a front-line combat position, four of those years were in a combat designated role that at the time was not open for women. It is now and should not be!
I am grieved over the lack of honor and continued decline of our culture, particularly the role of men, and that we would place our daughters and wives in a front-line military conflict position. The thought of fathers and husbands consenting to their daughters and wives to be placed in such a position to be shot or killed in battle or what would happen to them if captured as a prisoner of war. What are the men who made such a decision thinking?! Is this what the feminization of our culture has come to? What kind of people are we to do such a thing?
My respect for the military leaders who were part of this decision is shattered. Where is honor? Where is courage? Where is dignity in being soldiers? Why are men who should be leading us bowing to such pressure? As Danny Burk of Boyce College asks, “…what if the draft is reinstituted? Are we really going to be the kind of people who press our wives and daughters to fight in combat?” He goes on to quote John Piper who wrote in World magazine:
“If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly scorned as a coward to promote such an idea. Part of the meaning of manhood as God created us is the sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of our women.
If you read this … thanks for letting me vent. I am appalled and pray that sense and courage takes over our military and government officials.