The American Civil War was a horrible time in the past, and it’s legacy and how people feel it should be remembered causes division today. Yes, it should be remembered, but not celebrated.

There has been much controversy and disagreement concerning efforts to remove certain images of the Confederacy from public places and entities.

Those who defend these images claim they are historic symbols, and they assert that those who want them removed don’t understand, know or appreciate history.

The problem with too many people who claim to be Christian is that they celebrate aspects of their culture, past and history that they should be ashamed of.

People quickly say, “You can’t erase history.” “You can’t erase the past”.

The truth is that EVERY culture and even family has aspect of their past that they should REMEMBER, but not celebrate and glorify.

We can remember the past without honoring, glorifying and celebrating aspects of a culture and heritage that oppressed others…And, expect the descendants of those who were oppressed to honor the symbols of the oppressor.

If that’s the case, we tell the story of the American revolution, but where are the statues of King George III? Hmmm… the statue that used to exist in New York city was interestingly pulled down. Where are the British flags in our buildings…that’s our history too. 

Those who claim to be Christians cannot justify by the word of God glorifying a system and culture that supported  and thrived on American slavery. Which cannot even be compared to or defended by the ‘servanthood’ in the bible, addressed in my post, LET’S TALK ABOUT SLAVERY IN THE BIBLE…

Especially a system that was completely built upon kidnapping and selling people into slavery, which was strictly forbidden and punishable by death in the bible…

Exodus 21:16 (NKJV)

16 “He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death.

The American south isn’t the only culture who committed this atrocity, but it is equally wrong.

God had Israel remember their past, but without graven images. Could this be one of the reasons He forbade making graven images? People tend to honor (worship) them. We honor God WITHOUT a statue or a flag.

Exodus 20:3-6

“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

If you notice this commandment goes beyond worshipping vs 3. It says don’t make ANY images first (v 4), THEN don’t bow down to them (vs 5).

The fact is that you can honor the past without disobeying God. This isn’t the first time that we have blatantly disobeyed God in our ‘establishment’. Notice that when people testify in court, or take office, they are asked to ‘swear in’ on a bible that strictly forbids swearing…

Matthew 5:34-37  (NKJV)

34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Think about it…people don’t celebrate shameful aspects of their family history.

If your parent or grandparent was drunk or criminal do you celebrate that? It’s your history.

If your father beat your mother do you celebrate that? It’s your history?

We remember that Judas betrayed Jesus, but we don’t celebrate it.

The Jews remember war between Israel and Judah, but they don’t celebrate it.

The enemy keeps us divided and holds us back by convincing us that we should celebrate things that we should be ashamed of. God repeatedly tells Israel that they should remember the sins of their ‘fathers’, but not glorify them…

Hebrews 3:8  (NKJV)

Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,

I ask you to consider this article with an open heart to God…not with your emotions.

 This is the first in as series of articles that address CELEBRATING THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF.



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  1. But…what is problematic is that one persons celebration is another persons rememberance. I wholly believe that the monuments to Lee and Beauregard, while perhaps erected in celebration, are not celebrated today, but act as reminders to not forget the truth of the past. We need to resepect each other’s views and not act intolerant to ideas we disagree with nor shut down debate over issues large and small.

    The monuments in New Orleans were removed with little debate and certainly not by a public referendum. There are intolerant individuals on both sides of the monument debate but there are also intelligent, sensitive, compassionate, and educated pepole on BOTH sides as well.

    I believe that supporters of the historical importance of the monuments had their voices silenced during the removal because 1. Their opinions did not fit the media narrative, and 2. The term “racists” has become an easy weapon used against those we disagree with who, often, are incorrectly and wrongly labeled as such.

    I know many many people, thousands in fact, of all races, who think removing monuments is a national tragedy indicative of a misguided and misinformed society educated more by Facebook and Twitter than by history books, and quick to judge people of the past by present day social standards. I know history professors and preservationists afraid to voice thier opinion for fear of the mob-like moral witch hunts that prefer name calling to debate, and prefer raw emotion to being rational.

    We have devolved into a society that starts petitions to ban whatever it is that we ourselves don’t do. We jump to conclusions based on media that is purposely designed to divide us, to provoke us, and to make us click the next link. We need to stop and consider the other side much more than we do now. We need to face our history with courage and not blame those long dead for the concerns we have today.

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  2. I still wonder why the removal of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq was viewed by the majority of Americans (KKK and other like minded groups included) as a symbol of defeating the evil that oppressed people and yet letting the statues of those in American history who supported oppressing people remain standing is considered a way to honour history – Place them in a museum to remind people that this should never happen again but not in the town square as if to say “what a great history we have” – I am sure that we can come up with at least one positive thing that every leader (good or bad) has done but what they were willing to die for is what defines them and will define all of us.

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    1. Awesome point! To that point if those in the south are so concerned with ‘history’ why are there no statues of Grant or Lincoln? He was a part of the Civil War. I agree with you place them in a museum. If a person wants the symbols on their private property I respect that right, but they have no place in government owned public places. Thanks for commenting.

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