Mark Van Steenwyk links to a Geez article on the difficult matter of trying to be an enemy-loving soldier.
â€œI realized I had to figure out what it meant to me to be a soldier,â€? he says. â€œHow do I act in my particular job and still follow the great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself? Ya know, how can I do that when Iâ€™m asked to basically lay waste to kinda large scale areas?â€?
For Laituri â€“ who punctuates conversation with Bible verses (and concerned rants about the sins of nationalistic ego) â€“ the good book is the source of â€œabsolute truth.â€? So when it says love your enemies, he says he â€œcanâ€™t kill someone in love.â€?
Sometimes a soldier can be a much better theologian than a certain lot of fundamentalists.