I would like to draw your attention to a series of articles by Logan Mehl-Laituri, aimed at helping the Christian movement thinking more critically about faith and service in the days surrounding Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday (coinciding with Remembrance Day) that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Logan himself is a US veteran and author whom I met though his peacemaking efforts as founder of Centurion's Guild. Logan has been at the forefront of campaigns to legalise selective concienscious objection for US Military personel.
Through Centurions Guild, Logan ran a 10 day blog series from All Saints till Veterans Day, each day featuring a soldier saint. Even where Logan's views do not entirely coincide with my own I find him extremely thought provoking and I'm sure you will too. As a peacemaker who has actively served in wartime, his words come with an authenticity and immediacy that few can match. He's the soldier saint I have learned to listen to. Here are the links to the articles:
"Suppose we apply an empirical test to the question of absolutism. Absolute is itself a vague term, but in the religion-and-violence arguments, it appears to indicate the tendency to take something so seriously that violence results. An empirically testable definition of absolute, then, might be “that for which one is willing to kill.” This test has the advantage of covering behavior and not simply what one claims to believe. Now, let us ask the following two questions: what percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christians would be willing to kill for their Christian faith? What percentage would be willing to kill for their country? Whether we attempt to answer these questions by survey or by observing American Christians’ behavior in wartime, it seems clear that, at least among American Christians, the nation-state—Hobbes’s “mortal god”—is subject to far more absolutist fervor than religion. For most American Christians, even public evangelization is considered to be in poor taste, and yet most would take for granted the necessity of being willing to kill for their country, should circumstances dictate." (William T Cavanaugh - The Myth of Religious Violence)