Trending Faith: Soldiers Protecting Our Country

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On this week’s Trending Faith, Dean of the College of the Theology Jason Hiles, PhD, and University Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin sat down to discuss the 10 Commandments. Specifically, a viewer asked if the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” applies to soldiers defending our country. Dr. Hiles explains:

[In Exodus, God] actually instructs His people to participate in warfare, which would require killing. In many English versions, [the commandment] is actually translated: ‘You shall not murder.’

Dr. Hiles goes on to explain that this question actually raises more questions connected to soldiers, warfare and violence as part of the Christian religion.

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