"God didn't specifically outlaw killing."

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He said this to me in a Tennessee campground. I'd seen him struggling to start a campfire, and went over to offer him coffee.

Pat had wanted a combat position in the military. For reasons we didn't get into, that didn't happen and instead he was thinking about joining the seminary.

"Of all the religions, Christianity makes the most sense to me," he said.

I asked him about what I saw as a disconnect. Personal responsibility for pulling the trigger, ending a life. Versus the ministerial life he was now considering.

"God didn't specifically outlaw killing," he said.

Posted on November 19, 2013 .