When he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven, but the children of the kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour (his) servant was healed.
FYI – The video is an eight minute news segment from PBS on the Army’s chaplaincy school in South Carolina. Nothing controversial, just an introduction to what they do. The quote above, I would argue, biblically authorizes ministry to soldiers, so I don’t necessarily accept the pacifist view of some Christians who, in good faith, argue that pastors should not be on the battle field.
NB: I took down the video on Feb 11 as VodPod does not always seem to integrate well with WordPress. It was an eight minute hi-def video, dont know if that had something to do with it. The video as at PBS – click here.