After a decade in the military I think I can tell friend from foe: if you're no friend of the truth, then you're no friend of mine.
After a decade in the military, you obviously became so used to doing only what you were told to do that you now have failed to see the message of Christ Jesus, even though you may read it.
His message is to rely on the Faith that you develop within yourself - the Kingdom of Heaven within you - and to always seek to base your Faith in truth.
Forgiveness and mercy, Love, these are not purely imaginary, Joe.
Light and Life. These are not just nice concepts, Joe. They are the stuff of Creation. They are the products of countless suns and an infinite Mind, alive in a Being Beyond any imaginable depth in either space or time.
Get outside of the box, Joe. Find out what works.