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Old 04-14-2017, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Charlottesville
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So people suggest I not mention my religion(Christianity) in the military. Others beg different.

What do you think?
I've Jewish and the people I served with knew I was Jewish even when we ended up in Lebanon in the early 1980's. So yes, I beg to differ.

Semper Fi
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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It helps to be a Muslim fundamentalist. Trust me, it'll be great.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I did two tours of combat in Viet Nam and never saw an atheist in a foxhole.
I can not thank you enough for your service Sir.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:22 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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So people suggest I not mention my religion(Christianity) in the military.
I would say perhaps you need to ask other people...


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What do you think?
I never hid my religion while in the service. We had people from various religions. I went to some church events on post...
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:37 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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I have seen the gamut, from atheists and agnostics to firm, evangelical believers. As long as no one wears their religion on their sleeve or tries to convert or evangelize others, especially on duty, no issues. To the OP, your beliefs are yours, no one should try to change you... in the military we took an oath to defend the Constitution, and part of that and follow-on bills and amendments ensure freedom of religion.
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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Personally, I don't think people should mention their religion anywhere. It's private.
Technically, at least for Christians, it's not a private thing. We are told to "go into the world and preach the gospel..." Mark 16:15 and Matt 28:19.

While there are many more scriptures that talk about this, one of the most telling is this one:

"But whoever disowns (denies) me before others (men), I will disown (deny) before my Father in heaven." Matt 10:33.

I'm sure we can all take these passages differently, but for me it's black and white.

My advice would be to go ahead and join the military. Live your life as Jesus would expect you to live it to the best of your abilities and if you are asked, you can tell folks that you are a Christian. If you see an opportunity to spread the gospel, do so. If not, then wait. It will be a challenge, but nothing comes easy.

As Christians, in the end we are only accountable to God, not to man.
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Old 04-14-2017, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Your religion is as private as you choose to make it. You're not compelled to keep it quiet.
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Old 04-14-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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So people suggest I not mention my religion(Christianity) in the military. Others beg different.

What do you think?
Religion is very handy in the military. It will get you a pass when nothing else will. Churches are great places to pick up little cuties. There are some solid benefits for being a little devout.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Sea/PDX/Hou/CC/OKC/Dal/NL
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This thread reminds me of the southern sniper in Saving Private Ryan.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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You'll have every opportunity to practice your religion and no one will give it a second thought. I'd avoid pushing it on others if I were you. I'm a christian but even I get annoyed with those that can't do anything without turning it into a reason to talk about religion.
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