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War is good for…

Soldier in war

Via Pixabay

I heard someone say the following the other day and wanted to do up a post in response to this common thought.

“War is good for absolutely nothing!”

[…minutes later…]

“Thank You, God, for the freedoms we have and the men and women in our military who protect them.”

…I guess war is good for something, then. Otherwise we’d all be Roman Catholic, saluting the swastika, worshipping the Emperor of the Rising Sun, or some such thing.

It was a Christian leader who said the above quote and it’s crazy because first of all he’s quoting an anti-Vietnam War song that goes hand-in-hand with draft dodging and secular hippies, and then going on to laud the work of American soldiers. It’s an irony that says a lot about the whole issue. You can’t sit in the USA, your freedoms protected by the sacrifices of countless soldiers fighting in wars, and justifiably argue against war. Seriously, you look like a jerk. If you yourself don’t want to fight, that’s understandable and perfectly fine, but don’t go off against war in general. It disrespects those who fought and achieved much good in the world. 

God understands we live in a fallen world full of fallen people because of the innate sinfulness of every human being. He is not against war, or even Christians participating in it. In Heaven everything WILL be perfect; on Earth it’s not. Strife and war have always been a part of our world since Cain killed Abel. While death was never God’s original plan, God gives His servants principles to live by and tells us what to do in the midst of the sin and war that surrounds us in our world.  Sometimes that includes going to war to prevent greater loss.

In the Old Testament, Israel lived in a hostile time and God guided them though many battles. They defended, retreated, attacked, defeated–all under His direction. Yahweh helped Israel win wars, carry out rescue missions, assassinate an overlord, crush hostile enemy nations, decimate heathen populations, and become a formidable force as they walked with Him. (When they didn’t, it was a different story.) Much good comes from war fought God’s way. 

In the New Testament, soldiers came to John the Baptist, who “prepared the way for the Lord (Jesus)” and preached repentance and baptism, asking what they should do. These were average working people asking what God wants, and Luke 3 shows God’s answer proclaimed through John: 

Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.””

If God was unhappy with these men being soldiers, He could certainly have said so. On the contrary, men are encouraged in the Bible to be the physical defenders and protectors of their land and families. Biblical principles are given for all workers to adhere to, whatever their profession. Micah 6:8 teaches, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Now certainly nations go war for wrong reasons, warring over religion, land, or expansion of control. But other times there are clear cut good and bad sides. And whenever an aggressor rises, a defender is needed–someone willing to do battle for the innocent, for freedom, for justice, for peace. War has accomplished much that’s good. 

  • Birthing new nations like America, and freeing many others from their oppressive rulers.
  • Stopping atrocities like the Holocaust perpetuated by evil minds who cannot be reasoned with.
  • Breaking holds of dictators or religious groups like the Holy Roman Empire so citizens have more freedom.

So to those who were or are in the military, thank you. Thank you for all you do to keep our country safe. You are in a profession that God is deeply concerned about. Go to Him for counsel and comfort. He’ll always be there for you, as you are for us.

Literary Picture Quotes #6: LOTR Heroes

It’s been a while since the last Literary Picture Quotes, so I’m posting several this time 😉 Made purely for inspiration and enjoyment 🙂

Literary Picture Quotes #4: Narnia and the Stable

A season-appropriate quote from the land of Narnia. The Baby born in that stable changed everything! Merry Christmas! 

Literary Picture Quotes #2: Time That Is Given

Famous quote from a well-loved book and movie series 🙂


New Category: Literary Picture Quotes #1

I’m making “quote pictures,” with quotes from books on stills from movies, or other photos. (I don’t own the rights to any of these movies, I’m just doing these for fun!) I’ve been having a blast making them, and I’ll be posting them here on my blog. Enjoy!


Clippings from Readers Digest

-Stephen King, in the February 2015 issue, pg. 31

-Feb 2015 issue, pg. 38

-Feb 2015 issue, pg. 79

-Feb 2015 issue, pg. 82

‘They’ and ‘We’

I have repeatedly told my cabinet and staff that we belong here only so long as we refer to government as ‘they,’ and never think of government as ‘we.’

-Governor Ronald Reagan (Sincerely, Ronald Reagan, 1976)

A visit to the LA Times

Pictures I took at our very cool visit to the place that the Los Angeles Times newspaper is produced. 🙂


Some figures.


The paper she’s holding

The paper she’s holding

This is an old printing press from the late 1800s.


The history of this press. Click on the picture to bring up a bigger version.

The history of this press. Click on the picture to bring up a bigger version.

It was powered by water coming down this clear tube and turning the wheel.


This is the back where paper goes in.


This is where the new newspaper comes out.


Paper coming off the ink-covered plate.


Some ads in a paper printed in 1881.


And this is going in to the facility that makes the LA Times newspapers.


The rolls of paper they use are HUGE.


These “robots” carry the paper rolls around the place.


Stacks and stacks of paper!


Yeah, that one roll is over 2000 pounds.

Yeah, that one roll is over 2000 pounds.

This is the room where they make the plates. Plates are what they now use instead of setting metal letters into a frame like they did in olden times. Once the news info comes in to this plant, the plates for the day are created there.


A plate

A plate

Famous front pages.

San Francisco earthquake (1906), and sinking of the Lusitania (1915)

San Francisco earthquake (1906), and sinking of the Lusitania (1915)

Hindenburg explosion (1937), and New York Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire (1911)

Hindenburg explosion (1937), and New York Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire (1911)

Armistice Day of WW I (1911), and D-Day of WW II (1945)

Armistice Day of WW I (1911), and D-Day of WW II (1945)

Man first walks on the Moon (1961)

Man first walks on the Moon (1961)

Now, the ink!


And these are the huge machines that take the paper, the ink, and the plates, and create our newspaper!


Just look at the papers wrapped around and coming off these machines!

IMG_9017Looking up…


It’s not just the LA Times that’s printed here. These are some other papers printed at this location.

LatExtra, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Personal Journal

LatExtra, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Personal Journal

Newspaper not yet printed on

Newspaper not yet printed on

And inside the trash chute…

Defective newspapers!


And lastly, the big room where the newspapers are packaged and set, ready to be delivered.

This man is packaging the papers into bundles…


…using this machine.


The yellow spool is plastic cording that goes around each small stack of papers.

And here are the newspapers, all ready for delivery to your house! 😀







If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.

-Mark Twain

A gardener


Taken at a CA botanical garden

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.
― Rudyard Kipling


Blessed Resurrection Day!

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