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Believers must not allow themselves to be silenced in the face of some great wrong.  Hitler could not have carried out his plans with impunity had the Church not cowered in silence.  At the very least the Holocaust should have taught the Church how heavy can be the price of submission to evil rule.  But it must be understood this is not a call to civil violence in any but the most extreme and rare cases.

Yet in a larger context this song speaks against universal pacifism. Had this ideology held sway, it is likely a large part of the world's population would today live under Nazi rule. War is horrible - slavery is worse.

It has become fashionable to ask why nations can justly go to war while for an individual it is simply murder.  The answer of course is for precisely the same reason a nation is justified in jailing certain citizens while a private individual who did so would be guilty of kidnapping. These are necessary powers too dangerous to leave to individual discretion. These powers are necessary because of evil.  If there were not thugs in high office and on the streets, there would be no need for coercive force.  But that is sadly not the state of our world.

The abuse of such power by nations is a demonstration of the inherent danger of power, not a demonstration that no authority should hold such power.  In civilized nations we are often so far removed from the reality of anarchy, from the law of the jungle, that we take the stability of our societies for granted.  It is only in such a state of blissful ignorance that we can seriously question why we have police and armies.

Simple minded calls for peace are generally misguided because the only party open to that message is the party that desires peace.  The party that destroyed the peace is hardly going to quail before pacifist calls for an end of aggression.  The aggressor will actually find such calls useful because, while they will not be constrained in the least, the mind of the people who could stop them might well become too divided to provide effective resistance.


"Sky of Smoke" is related to the battle over abortion in that both are right of existence issues. Both are at root a rejection so deep they want the object of their rejection dead.

This should take on added significance to Christians considering what happened to Jesus when Herod learned of him from the wise men.
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