Well, if you’ve been paying attention, by know you’ve already heard that the government shutdown has hit the chaplains service in the military:In fact, these folks can’t even volunteer to do it for free.
In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.
Of course, this is raising hackles all over the place, as it should; there’ve been plenty of stories which indicate the big-high-muckety-mucks running the show seem hell-bent (no pun intended) on purging every last vestige of Christianity from our nation’s military.
Of course, the concept of ‘authority’ trying to curb the preaching of Christ is nothing new. James, Peter, and John were arrested for it (James lost his head; Peter and John were arrested twice by Herod; Peter was arrested and crucified in Rome, John arrested and exiled to Patmos); Paul was arrested a couple of times; Stephen was martyred by the religious leaders for preaching Christ. The list is a long one.
News comes just today, though, that the Pentagon is ordering a lot of their furloughed civilians back to work. Since some of the chaplains are civilian government-contract priests, perhaps some of them are included in this.
We can pray. And in the mean time we can exhort those priests and chaplains of other denominations to be as bold as Peter and James and John and Paul and Stephen.