You probably didn’t know that in January 2013, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta directed the military services to review policies with the goal of integrating women into all combat roles by January 2016. On December 3, 2015, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter confirmed the decision without exception, and directed that all gender-based requirements for military service be removed by January 3, 2016. This order came despite military evaluations that raised concerns on this issue.
The decision to allow women to serve in all combat units has sparked a debate on whether women should be required to register for the Selective Service, making them eligible for conscription if Congress reinstates the draft for future military needs. (source Heritage)
Since there was no such thing as a “draft” in Bible times we can’t answer that specific question, but there is a good bit about warfare, in fact the whole Bible and especially the Old Testament is about war. And it involves both men and women.
That war is between Good and Evil. The enemy combatants are described in great detail. Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44) on which all evil is based came to steal, kill and destroy. Us. We are all called to take that war on, in other words, there is no volunteer war. But God did want his troops to be volunteers.
The greatest soldier of all, later-to-be-King David showed up out of nowhere and volunteered to kill the giant Goliath with two strokes; the 1st was to knock him senseless in the head; the second was to cut off his head with his own sword. Just like our modern troops, there were scoffers and mockers who made fun of him and tried to stop him.
So the first conclusion is that there should be no draft. Most military men understand why a draft is self-defeating. Unwilling soldiers are hard to control and direct, and when in battle men will naturally try to protect the women in the company. In one instance Gideon (Judges 7:7) had too many volunteers and God sent some home!
In modern times no sensible commander will put an unwilling person in charge of a multi-million dollar machine, computer, aircraft or any part thereof. The modern army is way too sophisticated for draftees, whether men or women.
In the Bible many women took part directly in wars. The judge Deborah went to war with a fellow Israelite named of all things, Barak, and Jael, another woman who murdered an enemy in his bed. (See Judges 5)
But what is important is that all are called to fight the devil and his deceptions. The fact that most Christians appear to be AWOL in this generation does not change God’s purpose and plan for his people.
P.S. I have another post about suicide in the military. https://wouldyouconsider.net/2017/09/15/why-soldier-suicide-culture-clash/
Matthew 10:41 He who receives and welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; (Amplified)
I never really thought about this Scripture much until this past week when I failed to watch any of the Republican Convention. They tell me it was worthwhile, but I had no interest. Why? Because I knew who would win the election in November. I’ve been listening to God’s prophets for many years and taking their words seriously. Eighteen months ago I knew the results of this election, not in minute detail you understand, but the broad base of what God wanted to accomplish with a new person in charge of a secular nation.
Because, after all, God is in charge of history and what America does is extremely important regarding what happens to Israel, and Israel is the linchpin of world history. All of this is in the Bible.
However, it is not the prophetic information that is important. If told you what I knew about this election you would not have the prophet’s reward because the reward is not by knowing the future, or your knowing the information about the future. The reward is the same reward the prophet gets – the absolute lack of fear about the future. It is what I noticed about myself.
Knowing what I do about this election has eliminated all fear I might have had about it even though I have been dismayed by the incredible destruction of my nation for the past 8 years and even more years than that. I might have redoubled my efforts to work for candidates, which would be a misuse of my time. My time belongs to God and He is supposed to tell me how to use it, not my fear of the future. And what is political activity about after all, but fear of the future.
In addition the prophet’s reward applies to all aspects of living. I am freed from all fear about all things – money, property, the people around me and in my family. One of my children has stage four cancer of the brain. My friends wonder why I am so unemotional about it? Because I have the prophet’s reward – no fear!
Last month a violent storm took down a tree and part of my apartment building. I had no fear. Others were panicky. The prophet’s reward applies to every event – no fear.
That does not mean I throw all caution to the wind? No. I am planning to buy a small firearm. There are many dangers in this nation we did not have 20, 40, 60 years ago. One out of four Americans lives alone and protection is a must, but not with fear. Fear leads to accidents.
So the message is this. Know what the prophets said in the Bible and what they are saying now. Not all prophets tell the truth. You will learn how to discern which are true and those who are flawed. Don’t make a mission of ferreting out the phonies – it’s a waste of time. Just focus on the ones whose prophecies come true. Your reward will be an end to fear because faith will have taken over your life.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor extortionist, shall inherit the kingdom of god.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
This passage makes no reference to salvation. It speaks of a 2nd step – the kingdom of God. There is quite a big difference between salvation and the kingdom of God. The Kingdom is the place where Christ is King and it starts inside you.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17 Salvation is a process involving first being saved by the blood, and then being changed by the spirit and the name.
Years ago the children took some pots into the backyard to play. In the winter I found them out there. They were encrusted with dirt, sand, mud and leaves so I brought them into the house and put them in the sink for a good scrubbing. No one can expect to use the pans in that condition.
It’s the same with God’s vessels. He finds us in the sin and the dirt of the world, some a lot worse than others, and he brings us into the house of God where we can clean up. Just saving us from sins does not get us cleaned up. This process is called sanctification. You often hear new Christians balk and complain about feeling condemned. They blame the church. But all it is only those past flaws coming out to annoy the new believer.
We are making a mistake if we think that Jesus is ever going to use us when we are filthy with the stains of the world, flesh and devil. Those who refuse to be cleaned up will not be properly used up by God. Their ministry, potential or real, is always hampered by that piece of disobedience. They may think they are being used. They may be used in small ways. And un-sanctified Christians are nagged by doubts, fears and concerns about their status with God. This is unnecessary.
When numbers of believers occupy a church they then are able to handle newcomers who are out of sync with God because the body of Christ is like our own physical body. We have germs in us at all times, also we ingest pesticides so when the body gets trouble inside it sends white corpuscles to the site of the infection and we can slough off the problem most of the time. In the body of Christ it is the same.
Poisonous Christians can enter but we should have enough power to correct them or cause them to leave. Today we don’t see correction in the Church of Jesus Christ and many believers have left. Churches are not doing their God-given job.