I’m sure most of you have been following the recent allegations that sexual harassment and rape are rampant within our military forces. This is a serious and complicated issue for an old grandmother to weigh in on, but it has been on my mind lately and that is always an indication to me that God wants me to say something. So I have three brief points to make:
The first thing that occurred to me when I heard the news was “What did we expect?” Any time you place groups of men and women together there is going to be lust, envy, greed, covetousness, selfishness, anger, power struggles, and violence. It has always been so, since Biblical times. We’ve seen the same thing happen in any group or organization we can name, from the church to the government. That doesn’t make it right; it just makes it human behavior. Perhaps if the administration had anticipated such behavior in the first place they would have had better regulations in place to deal with it.
Second, men and women in uniforms are not saints. While I applaud the accomplishments of our military personnel, they are still persons in uniform, and none of them are perfect. Some of them aren’t nice, or even sane. Despite the fact that these men and women are volunteering for service, we should all understand that they have widely varying reasons for doing so, and they have just as many personal problems as the rest of us. We have to consider a huge group of soldiers just the way we would consider the population of a city: it contains a variety of citizens. Some are good people just trying to do their jobs and live their lives. Some are doing their best, but are causing the rest of us a few problems. Some are so troubled and harmful to others that they need to be removed from society and placed in jail.
Third, justice must be the same for all of us. The laws of our land must be applied fairly, regardless of our profession, status, or gender. Everyone needs to feel safe and secure in the pursuit of their personal happiness as long as that pursuit does not harm another person.