In Old Testament times, the military and national security were important aspects of individuals, tribes, and cultures. For example, Joshua defeated the Amalikites (Exodus 17), Moses sent out leaders from each tribe to spy on the land of Canaan (Numbers 13), Gideon freed Israel from the Midianites (Judges 6-8), and David bravely confronted the Philistine champion Goliath (1 Samuel 17). Just as in Old Testament times, we need to have men and women of God involved in military and national security. It is essential to our protection while we build God’s Kingdom.
Current literature suggests that the 9/11 attacks ignited a change in policing from a Community-oriented era to a Homeland Security era, with a focus on terrorism and counterterrorism. According to the Defense Manpower Data Center, between October 7, 2001 and July 3 2010, over 44,200 soldiers have been killed or wounded in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours on average and, since 1792, nearly 19,000 US law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty.
Men and women employed within this domain of military and national security are entrusted to protect this country with their physical abilities, but it is even more important that they protect our homeland spiritually. In order to be living examples in an occupational environment that oftentimes prohibits spiritual socialization, prayer is essential! Prayer is the foundational component of strength, courage, perseverance, and protection for those who serve the public through this domain. The primary way of expanding discipleship in this domain will take place through an “each one reach one” concept, which encourages each military and national security disciple to engage in assertive efforts to identify and support at least one other believer within the organizational confines of this domain.