We are sometimes asked "Isn't supporting the troops also supporting war?". The answer is a resounding "No"! Consider the following:

1. God selected a soldier (specifically a Roman Centurion, commanding 100 soldiers) named Cornelius to be the FIRST Gentile convert to Christianity. Read Acts 10   Notice, Cornelius is told "Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God." (Acts 10:4). God did NOT add "but you need to resign your commission and follow me.”

2. When a U.S. service member experiences Christ's love through a support package from The Troops Project or a Chaplain we support, the soldier often doesn't understand why we reach out to them, even though they are very grateful for the package. When they begin to examine why we do this, they often remember their own Christian upbringing or begin to explore Christianity... and return to or become Christians.

3. As clearly as the Bible teaches us to love our neighbors, it just as clearly teaches us we live in a fallen world and that we are to "Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors" (Psalms 72:4), and "Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked" (Psalms 82:3-4).

4. Very often we receive requests from Chaplains and soldiers to send toys and stuffed animals that they can give to the locals.

5. By showing Christ's love through a simple package, that same message of love is shared in regions closed to the Gospel.

There are some great commentaries on this subject at the following websites:

http://www.gotquestions.org/war-Bible.html

http://www.gotquestions.org/killing-in-war.html

http://www.gotquestions.org/war-Iraq-just.html

https://carm.org/should-christian-go-war

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