I am always glad to hear of a soldier being a Christian; I am always sorry to hear of a Christian being a soldier. Whenever I hear of a man who is in the profession of farms being converted I rejoice; but whenever I hear of a converted man taking up the profession of arms I mourn. If there be anything clear in Scripture it does seem to me that it is for a Christian to have nothing to do with carnal weapons, and how it is that the great mass of Christendom do not see this I cannot understand; surely it must be through the blinding influences of the society in which the Christian church is cast. But [George] Fox’s singularly clear, mental vision could see that o buckle on the carnal sword was virtually to be disobedient. . . . May the day come when war shall be regarded as the most atrocious of all crimes, and when for a Christian man, either directly or indirectly, to take part in it shall be considered as an abjuration of his principles. The day may be far distant, but it shall come, when men shall learn war no more; a right view of the true character of way may hasten that happy era. — Charles H. Spurgeon