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7 April, 2003 11:33 AM

Here's an interesting alternative perspective on all those Baptisms of soldiers we keep hearing about in Iraq.

It belongs to Army chaplain Josh Llano of Houston, who sees the water shortage, which has kept thousands of filthy soldiers from bathing for weeks, as an opportunity.''It's simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get baptized,'' he said.And agree they do. Every day, soldiers take the plunge for the Lord and come up clean for the first time in weeks.

Thanks to Adnan for the link.



Wow. That's a powerful statement, isn't it. It's metaphorical cleansing but it's also real cleansing too. Interesting!

Rich » 8 April, 2003 3:07 AM

yeah - i saw the link, too. novel concept: bribery & extortion evangelism. rah rah.

rick » 8 April, 2003 8:06 AM

As happy as I am when I see a "genuine" baptism (one performed as a celebration of a spiritual awakening in a person's life), the attitude of the chaplain is extremely distressing. What sort of difference does he imagine that this "sacrament" will have on these soldiers' lives? It's not even "fire insurance"--it's just getting wet, not to mention that this chaplain is basically holding these guys hostage for a drink of water. Shameful thing for him to say. I hope it was a misconstruction of his actual meaning.

debi » 11 April, 2003 9:20 PM

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