In a thread on the politics forum we were discussing the U.S. military. That got me to thinking about Christians and the military. To be honest, I'm not totally sure that Christians should be in the military. This is far from settled in my mind and this post is more of a brainstorm than an organized position. Let me state up front, I am not a pacifist. I believe we need a military and a strong military at that. However I was thinking that during the early years of Christianity Christians were often disliked because they refused to serve in the military (ect). Why has that changed? Why do so many Christians now support military service when Christians in the past have not? How is our military different from Rome's? Or any other military? I am not suggesting that Christians should walk away from the military. However I will say that Christians should not join the military just to get a job or attend college. I know many people who join the military so they can get out of dead end jobs and I certainly understand their difficult situations. For the Christian, however, I don't believe that is a real option. When you are in a position where you will take another person's life when you pull that trigger or press that button, that is a very serious position. And it should not be entered into carelessly. Should Christians put themselves in that position for the United States government or any other government? I'm honestly not sure. Suggestions?