I am starting this thread so as not to de-rail another thread. I will start off with a quote: At best, this is a very ignorant statement. Firstly, let me explain the difference between "seeking to convert" and "converting". It is very ok if I convert someone to Christ. It is not ok for me to "seek to convert" them. If they come to me and ask, that's fine. This has happened about 3 times during my career. When guys see that I don't drink, smoke, cuss, etc, they normally ask why. Then when they get into a tough spot in life, they seek me out. Second, you are asking that people commit a crime in "disregard[ing] the military directive". This is an order given by a General officer. The punishment for disobeying any "directive" (order) is severe. Loss of pay, rank, and restrictions set upon the individual, possibly even a bar to re-enlistment or time in a military jail in severe cases. Thirdly, punishment notwithstanding, seeking to convert people over in these countries would hinder the cause of Christ in the long haul. If we offend these people while we're over here, then these nations will be closed to missionary work even longer. Fourthly, where do we draw the line? You say it's our command to seek to convert whether at work or leisure. Anyone in any secular occupation will lose his job if caught proselytizing on the clock. Christ commanded us to go into the world and preach the gospel, yes. But how are we to complete this task if we can't even fund our life? It's very easy for those in ministry (which I am assuming you are, based on the statement) to lose empathy with those in the secular world.