(Above Clip, comes from Stars and Stripes Wednesday April 20, 2010.)
There is a lot of speculation floating around regarding the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy" (DADT) on how it will effect the military. Obviously, I have great concerns regarding this. I love the Army. I love being so close to a people group that desperately needs to hear more of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is far from easy. The strain on families during a war on two fronts leaves a ministering Chaplain with not the problem of 'who' do I minister to, but more of a ' Out of the multitudes I can minister to, God please direct me." There is a desperate need for a Evangelical presence in the military, if we are truly about reaching ALL people with the Great Commission. The advancing repeal of the policy could possibly prompt an "exodus of many conservative Chaplains".
So, as I look ahead at some of the possible ramifications of the repeal of this DADT policy, these are some of the challenges that you may or may not be aware of that are on the forefront of Chaplain Specific Challenges :
1. Performing Same Sex Marriages.
2. Sensitivity Preaching in regards to passages in the Bible that speak of Homosexuality as a sin.
3. Leading Marriage Retreats that would involve homosexual partners.
4. Homosexual Chaplains, endorsed by supportive denominations, who would preach this view in Community Chapels on Post.
5. Sensitivity training to soldiers in regards to the acceptance of homosexuality behavior.
These are speculations and do not represent any proposed Department of Defense policies. They are just the current proposed issues that the Chaplain Corp is working through in the event that this policy is reversed in the near future. Yet, as we think ahead to the issues of DADT, it should be apparent to all there is going to be some hurdles for Evangelicals regarding this.
Continue in prayer for these issues.