Arthur Ponsonby stated, “When war is declared, truth is the first casualty.”
A minister was preaching in Petersburg, Virginia, spending time at a lovely lake near the old earthworks of the Confederate defense line where men fought and died in the Civil War.
Someone told of two brothers who fought on opposite sides in that great struggle. They were buried in the same grave andthe marker carried this inscription: “Only God knows who was right."
Robert E. Lee said, “It is well that war is so terrible or else we might grow too fond of it.”
One day, Isaiah declared, Christ will come to end conflicts between mankind,
“He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
An interesting story is told of a French soldier, painfully wounded, who was in charge of the cemetery at St. Quentin Canal, a cemetery of 37,000 German graves.
The French soldier was strapped up with all sorts of surgical devices. As he was patiently hoeing the rows of lavender by the acres of black crosses, he was asked if it were not a strange circumstance that he who suffered so much should be caring for the graves of his enemies. He was silent for a minute, then said vehemently, “These are not my enemies. They never were. They are the innocence of war. The real enemies never approached the front lines.”
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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