Aug 23, 2016
J. C. Ryle

The Christian’s fight is a good fight, because it does good to the world.
All other wars have a devastating, ravaging and injurious effect. The march of an army through a land is an awful scourge to the inhabitants. Wherever it goes it impoverishes, wastes and does harm. Injury to persons, property, feelings and morals invariably accompany it.
Far different are the effects produced by Christian soldiers! Wherever they live, they are a blessing. They raise the standard of religion and morality. Even their enemies are obliged to respect them.
Go where you please, you will rarely find that barracks and garrisons do good to the neighborhood. But go where you please, you will find that the presence of a few true Christians is a blessing.
Surely this is good!

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