Tactical Mission: Evangelism vs. Apologetics
By Roger Browning
One of my missions in Iraq was to train the Iraqi police force. I knew that things like language and culture would be significant hurdles to overcome. One thing I wasn’t prepared for was working with their weapons. As an Army soldier, I knew my personal weapon inside and out.
I carried an M16A2 rifle. In combat zones, my rifle was loaded with a 30 round magazine filled with 5.56mm ammunition. A combination of bullet size and barrel length (20in) gave the M16 a near perfect balance of impact and accuracy.
We would be training Iraqis carrying Ak-47’s. Their weapons were loaded with 7.62mm ammunition. With a fully automatic firing mechanism, and a barrel length nearly 4” shorter than the M16, this weapon is more concerned with quantity than quality.
A Major Difference
One of the major differences between these two weapons is their fail rate. The M16 is far more precise and therefore susceptible to malfunction in desert environments. Just a few specks of sand in the right place renders the weapon inoperable. The AK on the other hand is known for its versatility. Whether it’s underwater, slopped in mud, or covered in the unforgettable dust of a sand storm, the AK-47 fires nearly every time.
Just like choosing a weapon in a combat zone has multiple considerations (size, durability, accuracy, etc), choosing a tactic is important for Christians, too…