Spiritual Life Coaching – Veterans
In the fall of 1972 I was a supporter of George McGovern, who was running for President of the United States, and I was loyally campaigning in Valparaiso, Indiana. I hated the war in Vietnam and wanted it to end. Beyond that I don’t remember much about what his policies were or where he wanted to lead our nation. I was a devout acolyte until one afternoon I knocked on the door of a Vietnam war vet. The smell of alcohol hung like a dark pall in the room. We talked for almost an hour as I tried to empathize with his horrible wartime experience. He told me about something called PTSD and some of the places he served.
The conversation finally wrapped up when he said, “I can’t vote for someone who said that what I did in Vietnam did not amount to anything – that there was no purpose.” I left that conversation a little less ardent in my support for McGovern and really asking deep questions about whether politics could really solve what causes war in the first place. Is war more a spiritual question? It certainly doesn’t conform to the commandment – Thou shalt not kill. Yet there are still wars and rumors of war as Jesus said there would be.
I now have a deeper more abiding respect and admiration for those who volunteer and serve our country and seek to achieve peace through strength. I still believe that peace and war are spiritual matters that only get resolved by a change in the human heart. Evil still exists and must be confronted and stopped. We may not be the world’s policeman but we still must lead in our work for justice, peace, and freedom.
So thank you to our veterans who have served, currently serve, and for those who paid the ultimate price.