Reader shares words of Union Army officer

Editor, the Advocate:

Wesley Merritt, a major general in the Union Army during the Civil War and the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1882-87), stated:

"The principles of life as taught in the Bible, the inspired Word and exemplified in the matchless life of Him 'who spake as never man spake,' are the rules of moral action which have resulted in civilizing the world.

"The testimony of great men like Gladstone and his fellow statesmen; like Havelock and his fellow soldiers, who have made the teachings of the Scriptures their rule of conduct in life, are wonderful helps to men of lesser note and smaller intellectual and moral powers. One example, even of the smallest of these, more than offsets the efforts of a hundred unbelievers in active opposition.

"They are the worthy followers of the religion of the Bible, and in their daily lives interpret the inimitable example and divine precepts of the Son of God, our Savior."

John R. Fisher, U.S. Navy veteran, Point Comfort