A photo of BJU alumnus and affiliated evangelist Mark Herbster dressed in a Marine uniform made waves this afternoon on Facebook. Commenters expressed outrage at the violation of what’s considered a sacred rule concerning the wearing of such uniforms. Mr. Herbster’s website gives no indication of his ever being a US Marine.
The photo was part of a Facebook album by Grace Baptist Church of Wilmington, NC, whose youth group is participating in “Junior Boot Camp” at THE WILDS Christian Camp this week. Mr. Hersbter was evidently taking part in a military celebration or skit, but wearing of such uniform by non-military personnel is usually considered inappropriate, and may even be illegal.
Questions and concerns drawn by the photo were quickly deleted by page administrators, and the photo itself was also later deleted. A similar photo of Herbster in a Navy uniform from the same album was also deleted.