Dare to dream with me. But first the current situation.
The military budget is a large portion of the discretionary United States federal budget allocated to the Department of Defense, or more broadly, the portion of the budget that goes to any military-related expenditures. The military budget pays the salaries, training, and health care of uniformed and civilian personnel, maintains arms, equipment and facilities, funds operations, and develops and buys new items. The budget funds five branches of the U.S. military: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Space Force.
For Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020), the Department of Defense’s budget authority is approximately $721.5 billion ($721,531,000,000). However, total U.S. military spending is estimated to be around $934 billion in 2020-21. Approximately $712.6 billion is discretionary spending with approximately $8.9 billion in mandatory spending. The Department of Defense estimates that $689.6 billion ($689,585,000,000) will actually be spent (outlays). Both left-wing and right-wing commentators have advocated for the cutting of military spending.
There is a day coming when we will no longer spend time or money on defense. Weird to think about. Difficult to imagine. What will all those who have served in a military capacity do? Live. Love. Grow. Build. Worship God. (?) thank You to all who have or are serving in a military capacity. May God bless you and protest you.
But someday all this will change…
“In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all— the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship. People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the Lord ’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem. The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.”
Isaiah 2:2-4 – NLT
This will be accomplished, not by human will or imagination or effort. It will be accomplished by the power of the same God who raised Jesus from the dead.
We as a culture seem to think that we can do it on our own, create a world of peace. I don’t think that it is possible. Our hearts just aren’t capable because of our inborn proclivity towards selfishness.
Imagine what we could do, who we could help, how we could help those who need help if we weren’t spending our time and money and attention on defending ourselves. Someday, by God, it will happen. By God.