The Salvation Army takes a stand on a lot of key issues, from human trafficking to poverty. The Army challenges the issues of the day. But these are the most discussed issues. In fact these are issues where it isn't particularly risky to take a stand. The Salvation Army has always been on the cutting edge of world issues. But it seems to me that we're missing some of the most important issues.
The Salvation Army has spoken out loudly on human trafficking, and as well we should. Human trafficking is an abomination. It is pure evil. But why not also address a topic that leads to much of this human trafficking? The issue of pornography. We could take a greater stance on pornography, and target it for scrutiny. Our position statement on pornography is rock solid, that's a great start. But how can we advocate against it? How can we raise awareness?
Next is an incredibly vital issue, it is the issue of abortion. This is a controversial issue. This topic is not politically correct and it is not a liberal-approved cause. But it is as important as life itself. Literally. Abortion is nothing less than modern day child sacrifice. It is pure evil. And the church must stand against abortion in the strongest terms possible. This issue is of concern in the Salvation Army. While in the United States and most Salvation Army territories the SA position statement remains very pro-life; unfortunately the international position statement in not. The IHQ position statement could actually be described as pro-abortion in some respects (Read it here.) Abortion is never OK. Taking forceps and cutting apart a living child within the belly of his or her mother is madness. Sucking the brain out of a living child inside his or her mother with a sort of vacuum like device, is not Christian. It isn't even humane. There can be no exceptions, not even for incest or rape, because it still requires taking one life, for the convenience of another. The only question that matters is: "Is the unborn child a human life?" If the answer is yes, then that life can't be snuffed out for the emotional convenience of the mother.
The Salvation Army has historically spoken out on issues of social justice and political reform. The Salvation Army should be hosting pro-life rallies, lobbying governments, and speaking out in the media to end the horrible tragedy of abortion. The silence is deafening on this issue and we need to speak up. Today. Lives hang in the balance. To read more about abortion click here.
Next let's talk about marriage. The only biblical position in marriage in that of being between one man and one woman. Any other position is outside the Bible. Scripture is as clear as crystal about this issue. The issue of gay marriage has in less than 20 years radically transformed society not only in the United States, but across Europe and the world. Many churches have spoken out, and many organizations are taking a stand against the radical redefinition of marriage; and more recently the redefinition of gender itself. These redefinitions are harmful to society, harmful to young people, and the most harmful to children who are being raised up into a society that is telling them anything goes.
The Salvation Army can take a stand on this issue. We need to hold closely to the biblical definition of marriage. And many in the Army are concerned that leadership might move to the left on this issue. Historically it's been shown that when major organizations move away from their core founding principles, they quickly fall apart and dissolve. It begins with a mass exodus by the front-line leaders who still hold to the core principles. Then goes the rest. I don't want to see that happen. If you look on the Salvation Army IHQ website, at the position statements, marriage is unlisted. In fact the army has bent over backwards to reach out to and support the "LGBT community" while making little mention of the biblical position. It is of concern. But I'm of firm belief that strong, biblical leaders are the vast majority within the Salvation Army and once mobilized will quickly put an end to any nefarious endeavors to step outside the scriptures. The spirit of 1865 will win out.
Recently the Salvation Army international has taken to boldly supporting the invocation of tens of thousands of Muslim refugees into Europe. IHQ even posted a petition request to lobby the United Nations to bring in even more refugees. In reality, since Europe has taken in these refugees, unchecked and unvetted, there have been a string of violent terrorist attacks in countries like France, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and others. Unfortunately ISIS terrorists did in fact seed themselves within the ranks of the refugee population and used the opportunity to wage terror.
This is a difficult issue. I'm all for helping out refugees, and setting up camps to feed and clothes those affected by regional instability, but perhaps it should've been done in a more wise manner. Maybe the Salvation Army needs to be encouraging safety and security more so than misguided compassion that leaves the door open to terrorist violence.
Another important issue relates to the genocide of Christians in the middle east. Did you know the number one persecuted minority in the world is Christianity? The media doesn't talk about it much unfortunately. It doesn't fit their narrative of Christian oppression in the west. But it's true. It doesn't get much air time sadly. Which is why the church needs to speak up on this issue. How can the Salvation Army begin to stand for the persecuted Christians in the middle east?
According to the International Society for Human Rights, an estimated 80% of acts of discrimination against religion in the world are against Christians. Much of the violence has been perpetrated against Christians in Iraq, with hundreds of thousands being forced to flee the country. The symbol related to what is being called the Christian genocide is this, maybe you've seen it pop up on social media:
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