I'm a catechumen in the Serbian Orthodox church in Kansas City, MO. Its nice to meet everyone and i imagine I'll have plenty of questions for everyone to fight over answering.
For now, I've only got one. I want very much to go out and get a nice education, learn linguistics, maybe one day be in a position to even support a family. However if i went to college, there's not a whole lot of ways around the price I'd pay.
I've always been outspokenly opposed to violence in most contexts, the military, and a good amount of what the government does in general. Alas, I have few enough options.. I'd be willing to work for the army, give them my time, if they were willing to work for me.
I know to pray about it, talk to my priest, and that advice is basically all i need anyway, but others' experience and knowledge would help me as well, so thats what I'm looking here for.
I'd like to hear some other perspectives that might encourage me or make me see the evil truth.. whichever way it goes. I know that Orthodoxy has as many military and ex-military men as other Christian... things. So if any of them happen to be on this board and find my inquiry I'd appreciate their insight.
my appreciation in advance,
and please pray for me,
p.s. no smileys necessary.