Mark Van Steenwyk links to a Geez article on the difficult matter of trying to be an enemy-loving soldier.

“I realized I had to figure out what it meant to me to be a soldier,� he says. “How 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 I’m asked to basically lay waste to kinda large scale areas?�

For Laituri – who punctuates conversation with Bible verses (and concerned rants about the sins of nationalistic ego) – the good book is the source of “absolute truth.� So when it says love your enemies, he says he “can’t kill someone in love.�

Sometimes a soldier can be a much better theologian than a certain lot of fundamentalists.

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