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Political Information Last Updated: Nov 24, 2021 - 4:30:00 AM

The Early Church and Veterans Day
By Laurence M Vance with comments by Ron
Nov 24, 2021 - 3:13:38 AM

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Another Veterans Day has come and gone.

Because I had just written two articles about military bases and military personnel in October, I did not have a special Veterans Day article this year. Some people were expecting one, and expressed to me their disappointment. What follows here is something that I have thought about writing for a long time that would have been suitable for Veterans Day.

We know that conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist churches are some of the worst offenders when it comes to heaping praise on the military on one of the three American military appreciation days: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day.

For many years now, I have harshly criticized the military blasphemy and idolatry that takes place in many of these churches on the Sundays before Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. Woe be to the Christian who happens to be in one of these patriotic services when the Fourth of July or Veterans Day falls on a Sunday! These are high holy days to Christian patriots.

I won't recount here all the blasphemy and idolatry that takes place on these Sundays or on the extra military appreciation Sundays that some churches have throughout the year. See my many articles on Christianity and the StateChristianity and War, and Christianity and the Military. What I want us to do is just imagine the attitude of the early church toward Veterans Day.

The early Christians were averse to war and military service. See my detailed review of The Early Christian Attitude to War (1919), by C. John Cadoux.

The early Christians did not initially meet in church buildings. But when they did meet, can you imagine the following things taking place?

Can you imagine the early church having a patriotic service?

Can you imagine the early church making apologies for the Roman empire?

Can you imagine the early church inviting a Roman senator to speak in their assembly?

Can you imagine the early church singing hymns of praise to the Roman empire?

Can you imagine the early church adorning their bodies or their meeting places with the insignias, emblems, and banners of the Roman empire?

Can you imagine the early church recognizing Roman soldiers in attendance?

Can you imagine the early church having a Roman soldier speak in their assembly?

Can you imagine the early church pledging allegiance to the Roman emperor?

Can you imagine the early church praying for Roman soldiers serving in harm's way in the far reaches of the Roman empire?

Can you imagine the early church singing "God Bless the Roman Empire"?

Can you imagine the early church having Roman soldiers march through the middle of their gathering?

Can you imagine the early church thanking Roman soldiers for their service?

Can you imagine the early church crediting Roman soldiers for their freedom to worship?

Can you imagine the early church calling Roman soldiers returning from a tour of duty heroes?

Can you imagine the early church having a Roman soldier appreciation day?

Can you imagine the early church applauding Christians who expressed a desire to join the Roman army?

I didn't think so. Neither can I.


[Ron: Christ Jesus did not incarnate to establish a religion and didn't. He came to reveal divine truths lost over millennia and corrupted by Pharisees and others. For almost 300 years after the Pharisees crucified Jesus in an attempt to silence his teaching and divine revelations his message was disseminated by those who resonated with the truth of his message. During that period the Roman empire often savagely persecuted those who sought to love their neighbour as themselves for the love of God and Jesus' followers did not eulogise the Roman empire or its Emperors.

However, some 300 years after Christ Jesus was crucified the Pharisees influenced Emperor Constantine to establish the Christian religion and to use it to distort and eliminate Jesus' message; AND as an instrument for socio-political control. The rest is history. See eg: Judaism and Christianity - Two Thousand Years of Lies - 60 Years of State Terrorism ].


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Laurence M. Vance [send him mail] writes from central Florida. He is the author of The War on Drugs Is a War on FreedomWar, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian MilitarismWar, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign PolicyKing James, His Bible, and Its Translators, and many other books. His newest books are Free Trade or Protectionism? and The Free Society.

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