Ok, it's time for me to chime in.
First of all, let me cut to the chase. From a military perspective, I don't care if homosexuals serve in the military.
I have served on two ships, the USS Mobile Bay and the USS Antietam. In both of the ships, I lived in a berthing of 40 men or so. I've moved my mostly naked body in close proximity to other mostly naked bodies…usually sweaty. I've seen naked men and I've been around men naked. One loses a lot of modesty when one is that close to other men. It is a reality that we face in the military. Most of us get over it. Some of us never do. Those guys go to the shower in tee-shirts and shorts, which, in my opinion, is too much to deal with in a small space.
Don't get me wrong…I do believe homosexuality is a sin, at least the act of homosexuality is a sin. There is no getting around this. Living in California is killing me because of all this talk about equal rights. No one cares about God's rights (good thing he can take care of himself) and that angers me. If you are a believer, then you cannot read I Corinthians 6:9-10 and think that homosexuality is acceptable.
However, before I delve into a Biblical study that I'm not capable of performing, let me get back to the actual issue at hand. There are several reasons why I think we'll be just fine if Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) goes away. They are as follows:
1. Gays are already in the military.
I'm pretty sure I've served with at least three sailors who were homosexuals, and that doesn't count the ones that I know were and got kicked out. I never had a problem with these two men and witnessed on occasion to the one I knew most. I had no problem serving with these men. Well, actually, I didn't care for one of them, but I wouldn't have liked him if he were straight either.
2. Adulterers are also in the military…so are porn addicts, drunkards, and thieves.
This is why people who want DADT to remain in power aren't thinking straight (no pun intended). They are quick to get rid of the gays, but if the Navy got rid of the other men (and women) of ill repute, the military wouldn't exist. This is a simple bias and sick prejudice against one sin while accepting the other. Mark my words; God sees no difference between homosexuality and adultery. You plan on getting rid of all of us evil-doers?
3. Being gay does not mean being a poor sailor.
This is circumstantial to be sure, but so is the idea that they would be poor sailors. I can't speak for the other services, so I won't try, but the fact is, I've seen little women toss around 5 inch shells, so even the girliest of men can handle it. That's not saying that all gays are girlie. I'm just saying that if that is your stereotype, drop it.
4. Corinthians 6:11.
This is the crux of the matter. I am claiming to be a mentor/missionary to the military. If I refuse to minister to one people group because I am afraid of them or biased against them, then what kind of believer am I? Good for nothing, but to be trampled on the ground.
Verse 11: “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” How do you think they will learn about Christ? The same way the adulterer will…by me telling them.
Look, I don't care if DADT stays the law in the military. I'm not actually arguing for taking it out. Furthermore, I promise I respect people who do want to keep it law. I do, however, believe that it's end is inevitable. What I meant to put out in this article was the reality I face as a sailor. We can survive the removal of DADT. In fact, it would provide more ministry opportunities. As I said, I can't speak for the Marines and Army, and won't pretend to, but for us…we will survive.
Ok, I know I'm in the minority. Feel free to say anything you want and I will do my best to respond!