This month’s CT has an article by Collin Hansen about several famous pastors and churches in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Among them is Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church. Boyd is an outspoken advocate of pacifism.
I was struck to learn (on p. 6) that Boyd’s church “will not pray for soldiers.” Boyd’s bad wrong on other things that are more important (he’s an open theist), but if this is true, it has him being much more harsh to soldiers than John the Baptist (who, when specifically asked by soldiers what they should do, told them to be honest, not to quit their immoral job) or Jesus (who marveled at a soldier’s faith, without ever mentioning that he should repent of having been a soldier).
Of course, like other anti-war protesters, Boyd is exercising his free speech, which was purchased and is frequently protected by the blood of the soldiers for whom his church (if I’m reading the article right) refuses to pray. Oh yeah, and there’s the fact that the church should be willing to pray for anybody.