During the holiday season you’re bound to hear the ringing sound of the Salvation Army beckoning you to have compassion for your fellow man. That’s a tough call during the difficult economic times we’re experiencing.
For Salvation Army Captain Johnny Harsh the ringing sounds of wedding bells was muted by a 50 year old Salvation Army Church doctrine that forbids officers to marry non-officers of the church.
Salvation Army’s refusal to allow love to flourish for a man who has devoted 14 years to the church simply because of a five decade old rule made me want to ring my own bell of contradiction.
How do you preach spreading goodwill, happiness and love towards others, but refuse to allow an officer in your own church organization to marry a non-officer. Perhaps you would have them to just live together instead.
“This ruling, like a lot of other things in other churches, is a man-made rule. God doesn’t look at a Salvation Army uniform.” – Capt. Johnny Harsh
References & Inspiration
ABC News – 12/07/08 “Breaking Salvation Army Tradition, Trading Career for Love”