What is a Christian soldier?

Type in the first three things that come to mind in the above widget or scroll down to see answers that others have provided. No response is right or wrong, this exercise is just meant to draw out our thoughts and feelings, what we associate with this term. When you’ve written down three things on our AnswerGarden, look them over and think about whether they tend positive or negative, if you think this concept is generally a good thing or a bad thing. Consider who you know who may be described this way, and if you like them or not, and your reasons why.

 

For some, the term “Christian soldier” has positive moral connotations, there’s a certain pride or excitement that is evoked. It may even feel redundant, as though by saying “Christian” you also imply “soldier” or vice verse.

For others, the term draws up profoundly negative moral connotations, and just seeing it in writing conjures feelings of indignation or revulsion. The two words may seem mutually exclusive, as though by saying “soldier” you undermine any and all association with the word “Christian”

To a select few, however, the term is inescapably personal. Christians soldiers past & present know that who and what they are is complicated, that armed service and Christian faith runs deeper than caustic ideologies and political divisiveness. For those who have served in a military and also identify as Christian, the term “christian soldier” is not a metaphor, but a material reality.

If you haven’t already, let us know what you thought of in our AnswerGarden by typing them in below! We are always trying to gauge the conversation around God and country, so your feedback is really important.

If you are a Christian soldier or veteran, or you care for someone who is, and you’re trying to understand the complex reality of faith and armed service, get in touch! You can reach us through our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you and that this has been a helpful exercise.