Top critical review
Not recommended for those ministering to military members
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2019
Overall, a good read. However, as one who spent a career in the U.S. Army in which I also ministered to soldiers, I cannot recommend it to anyone ministering to military professionals. Comer states on page 83 that, “. . . I don’t think . . . Any job in the military where killing is the explicit goal can be a calling.” He references Luke 6:27-28, Christ’s teaching on loving your enemies. I certainly agree with Jesus’ teachings, as He is my Lord and Savior. Comer acknowledges in a corresponding footnote that, “Obviously, this is a complex, emotional, divisive subject that followers of Jesus don’t all agree on.” Too bad he didn’t make this statement in the text. As a retired professional soldier, one of my favorite characters in the New Testament was the Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10) whose faith Jesus marveled at . . . “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Many of the men and and women I served with during my career would mirror the level of faith exhibited by the Centurion Jesus knew; a warrior who commanded over 100 hardened Roman infantrymen whose primary job was to serve in the defense of Rome by being very good at executing individual and collective violence when required by their leaders. A fact counterintuitive to most civilians like Comer is that the stronger and more capable a military in a democracy is, the least likely that the nation it defends will be challenged by other nations or foreign actors desiring to do us harm. I never wanted to do harm to any person during my military service; but I knew that some of us have to be prepared to execute controlled violence in the defense of our country and the people we love. I for one, know this was my calling and had no problems reconciling it with my relationship with God.