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Question:
I feel like God wants me to re-enlist in the Army so I can witness for Him there. Some Christians are telling me its wrong. Is it?

Answer:

While there are religious groups that claim that any government service is wrong, and that taking life for any reason is wrong, they all have one problem: they lack clear Biblical support.

How do I know that? Because if there was clear Scripture for either, there wouldn’t be any debate.

So let me start first by saying that there is NO clear Scripture that I can present to you about whether serving in the military is right or wrong in all situations, and I believe that there are several reasons why God-ordained authority is justified in taking life, but that’s another issue for another time.

Of course, I might get accused of being biased since I am a veteran and ex-Drill Sergeant.

I would be curious what reasons your Christian friends are giving. I’m sorry they are telling you it’s wrong rather than presenting it as their opinion.

Is it wrong to re-enlist? Given the information you’ve given me, I can only say it would be wrong for the following reason: violating your conscience.

If you are praying and asking for God’s direction, and your spiritual life is reasonably healthy, I would say that you make the decision based on how your conscience leads you, and trust God.

As well, you might forego friends your age, and ask the counsel of a few mature Godly older Christians who have been around the block a couple of times. God will often use the advice of spiritually mature Christians to confirm His will in our lives.

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