Some people get really upset with those who do not believe military service should be compulsory. Or they believe people like me who oppose military service on religious grounds are weak, cowardly, or sissies. That is not true. I would say to you if you are a veteran, Thank you for defending my right to religious freedom in our country, but respectfully believe a Christian should not participate in military service. I do not condone violence and believe the Bible teaches Christians to be non-resistant. It actually takes a lot of courage to stand your ground on faith and NOT fight sometimes.
I’d urge you to study John 18:35 “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” As well as Jesus words in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Then later in Matthew 5:43-44 He says “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
How are these teachings from Jesus Himself compatible with going to war or defending any country? They aren’t. Many Christians over the years all around the world have been imprisoned, tortured, and even killed for this belief, but Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 5:10-11, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”