General Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff of the British army is reported in today’s Times newspaper as speaking on the need for soldiers to be better spiritually prepared for death. Sir Richard, a Christian, said that death is not the end and that as a leader he had a responsibility to look after his soldiers’ spiritual welfare.
It is encouraging to see such a high profile figure speaking out publicly about how his Christian faith effects his role. He of course knows that this is not how British general’s speak and that it will bring public ridicule. His faithful testimony is to be admired. But he also highlights the spiritual need of soldiers. Far from home and facing death they are in need of our prayers and also we ought to pray that God would raise up faithful ministers of Christ in their midst. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are forgotten by many, their wars a political embarrassment to many. But the church should not forget them and their needs. Especially the great need.