Chaplain-General the Reverend Jonathan Woodhouse
[Picture: Corporal Steve Blake, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
The UK MOD’s People In Defence series this month featured the British Army’s Chaplain-General on his work and thinking. I particularly liked the answer he gave to this question:
LM: In war films, chaplains traditionally reassure soldiers that God is on their side, but logically he can’t be on everyone’s side? What’s your take?
JW: I don’t think that God is on anyone’s side. It’s up to us to be on God’s side and seek out the way he wants us to live. In certain circumstances soldiers are allowed to use lethal force as a last resort but there are very clear rules of engagement. We minister to people who may be called on to use lethal force and that brings a creative tension. War is always the last resort.
Read the whole interview here.