Tonight I heard that a young man who was once part of a Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Huddle” I oversaw is headed to Iraq. He doesn’t know that I’ve been praying for him ever since he was in college and that I knew that eventually he’d go to Iraq. I hoped against hope that somehow he’d miss out, but the latest “surge” by the Bush Administration will put this young man in harm’s way. I haven’t spoken to him in at least four years, but I’m sure he’s as “gung-ho” as he was back when he was in high school. He graduated from Houghton College which is only twenty miles distant. Houghton’s ROTC program made it possible for this young man to attend a private Christian College that otherwise he might not have been able to afford.
I hope you’ll join me in praying for 1st Lt. Martin Hatch as he heads off to war. I’m opposed to this conflict and war in general and I’m praying that the angels of the Lord will keep Martin safe from harm. I’m deeply conflicted at times because I honor those who serve, yet actively pray for peace. I know that force of arms will never win the peace. Peace can only be won by embracing the enemy. I hope eventually that Christian Colleges will affirm the Gospel of Jesus Christ and provide ample ways for young men and women to afford a college education without selling their souls in military service.