This was the sign on a church we passed today in Plano, Texas: “Pray for the troops. Love your enemies.”
This sign confuses me, as the reader can draw any number of conclusions about what we’re supposed to ask for on behalf of the troops. I assume the attitude behind the sign is the attitude eviscerated so well by Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer.” I hope I am mistaken. Followers of Christ have no business cheer-leading for a war.
Here’s my prayer for the troops, that they:
- Never fall under the impression that I want them to kill anyone or support a decision to do so;
- Never pull a trigger or throw a weapon;
- Return to their homes without physical or mental injury;
- Live long, healthy, productive lives surrounded by people they love.
- The War Prayer, by Mark Twain
- Blessing the Bombs, by Father George Zabelka
- The Sermon on the Mount, by Jesus of Nazareth