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Teddy Roosevelt, San Juan Hill, Cuba
"A large leniency should be observed toward the man who uses
influences only to get himself a place near the flashing of the guns."
Teddy Roosevelt



The author of this poem was horribly affected by war, of which he saw much. He chose war, and then he hated it, and he even learned that God does not stop war. Only a Bible believer can deal with this. You who minister to war veterans must read this thoughtfully, especially if you have never been to war yourself.





Stephen Crane (1899)

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind,
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die.
The unexplained glory flies above them.
Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom--
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your father tumbles in the yellow trenches,
Raged at his breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Swift blazing flag of the regiment,
Eagle with crest of red and gold,
These men were born to drill and die.
Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
Make plain to them the excellence of killing
And a field where a thousand corpses lie.

Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind!

Editor: We are talking here about only human war making, not spiritual warfare.

Stephen Crane also wrote The Red Badge of Courage. He enlisted in the Civil War of the USA and was rejected. He, however; saw the worst of war as a journalist in Greece, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Spain. He became very cynical about war and saw God as disinterested in stopping war.

It would be nice if God would simply take the lust for war out of man's imagination. But, man has been given choice, and since Cain decided to do away with his ecclesiastical competitor, who worshipped God correctly, man has resorted to killing on a mass scale to settle his differences and to acquire more acreage next door. The Bible believer, while he is often called to "stand fast" and "fight the good fight of faith," hates war instinctively. David, a war making king, said it this way:

Psalms 120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!
6 My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.
7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war

I hear Fundamental Baptist preachers (and some others) rage on the enemies of the USA in their pulpits. What fools. Who would gather the sheep of Christ together, and then lead them in a hate fest and call for blood instead of teaching the Bible? Not a true Bible believer. But, it has been thus during all 2000 years of church history. The Popes of Rome and the Reformation leaders were war thirsty, and today we have war lust still, that is, at the church house.

Are you one of these hirelings who try to make wolves out of the Lord's sheep?

If you have a blood thirsty pastor who, under the banner of patriotism, preaches war lust and hate for "sand niggers" and "towel heads," please print this page and give it to him. He needs it badly.



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