Churchgoers from around the world are trying to prevent the next Eastern European genocide before it happens.
Their tool in the fight is a weapon that is thousands of years old — but still as relevant today as ever.
Four thousand copies of the Holy Bible are being issued to soldiers in the Serbian army in an effort to create a moral transformation in the nation’s military, as first reported by The Telegraph.
The program is being led by the Bible Society, a Christian group based in Britain, and funding has been contributed to the group from sources worldwide.
Colonel Sasha Milutinovic, the Chief of Religion Section, General Staff of the Serbian Army, welcomed the move.
Milutinovic said, “I hope it will not only improve our morals but to bring us, in the 21st century, back into to this time when really people believed in eternal life.”
He continued, “My view is that it’s about God’s love. I want to bring people back to these eternal values. We made some mistakes in the past and we forgot the New Testament. The New Testament is better than international law: humanitarian laws are based on this. Our codes of conduct are from the New Testament and we use them in our codes of behavior. We want to come back to this. We believe in this traditionally, but it is hard to find a Bible in an Orthodox house. But this situation is changing.”
The Serbian Army was accused – and many of its leaders convicted – of international war crimes for their role in ethnic cleansing in the Yugoslav civil war and the fight in Kosovo in the 1990s.