Women in combat: Deborah need not apply

Happy Monday! I was delighted to find today that Patrol Magazine had published a piece I sent them in response to the Pentagon’s decision to lift the ban on women in combat, as well as Christians’ goofy reaction to it. Here’s an excerpt of the piece below.

Enduring Freedom

Last Wednesday, the Pentagon announced its decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat, opening to them over 237,000 jobs in infantry units. Women have been serving on the frontlines alongside men for the past ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan, so while this is an important move, it’s also a recognition of the bravery and sacrifice women have already shown on the ground.

Naturally, such a change has prompted a slew of responses from Christians — some joyful, others appalled — and Christianity Today gathered a few in a collection titled “Given Deborah, Jael, and Judith, Why Shouldn’t Women Serve in Combat?”

On one hand, I like that this headline puts the onus on the contributors to prove wrong a decision that I believe to be fair and sensible. On the other, when you think about it, basing the morality of this debate on the actions of a handful of ancient characters from the Hebrew Scriptures is absurd.

Read the full piece here.

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