A Warning to All Soldiers

One hesitates to add a voice to the cacophony surrounding the revelations regarding General David Petraeus.  Every little blogger should not feel the need, like buzzards on a carcass, to comment about this awful situation.

Yet with the families affected by this in ruins, our nation’s intelligence perhaps compromised, and a mysterious cloud still hovering over the deaths of four Americans in the Benghazi attacks, a warning should be given once again about the awful ruins of adultery.  Soldiers especially need this warning.

Why? In the normal providence of my devotions, I read the passage below from Proverbs 5.  In its warning against adultery, notice in the highlighted portions the exhortations against adultery and the descriptions of its consequences that should concern any soldier.  Soldier, you have made a  sworn oath to defend family and country with honor. Do you really want to put on your uniform in pretense that you are fulfilling that pledge just to undermine it when you take it off ?  According to the Word of the God whose help you asked for when you made your oath, that is exactly what you are doing when you commit adultery.  

Read and plead to God that you would be a true soldier, strong in body and in soul.

My son, give attention to my wisdom,

Incline your ear to my understanding;

That you may observe discretion

And your lips may reserve knowledge.

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey

And smoother than oil is her speech;

But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,

Sharp as a two-edged sword.

Her feet go down to death,

Her steps take hold of Sheol.

She does not ponder the path of life;

Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.

Now then, my sons, listen to me

And do not depart from the words of my mouth.

Keep your way far from her

And do not go near the door of her house,

Or you will give your honor to others

And your years to the cruel one;

And strangers will be filled with your strength

And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;

And you groan at your final end,

when your flesh and your body are consumed;

And you say, “How I have hated instruction!

And my heart spurned reproof!

I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,

Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!

-Proverbs 5:1-13


  1. Jeff Kessler November 14, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    How exactly did national-security and military affairs come to resemble Keeping Up with the Kardashians?–Victor Davis Hansen

  2. David Carr November 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    We must remember that most of what we are told by our leaders is manipulated information. Especially regarding wars and how they are conducted. In the real life Spy vs. Spy, who knows what General Petraeus did?
    If he actually did commit adultery, it is a forgiveable sin. May he find truth and grace and forgiveness in Christ Jesus, the King of Kings.

    • Barry York November 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Agreed his sin can be forgiven if he seeks it in Christ.

      Given his written letter admitting to it, I do not think it is under question that he committed adultery. What’s under question is if this information was used by officials to cover up facts about the Benghazi attack.

  3. Doug November 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I was reading posts on gracetravler.com when I saw a link to your site because this title grabbed my attention. Thank you so much for sharing. It is good to be reminded that we are solders in a war, with a REAL enemy. I pray for His Spirit to strengthen us all in our walks in the days ahead.

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