In the days since the Charlottesville terrorist attack, a new solution to the strife in America has been discovered: take down all monuments that deal with the southern side. Emotional responses seem to be the order of the day. Not entirely sure how kicking a bronze cast statue advances your cause or makes you feel better, but if anything, in America today nothing has to make sense to be believed.
The screeching from the left is almost audible as I type this. The righteous comments of how I am a Nazi and a racist can be visualized. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal is automatically a racist and a Nazi after all. To that, I send you here, and here and encourage you to think as opposed to react. Sadly, many in both camps cannot rationally listen to a view that is outside theirs any more.
In reality, I am opposed to racism, from the right and from the left. I am no more a white supremacist than a black supremacist. I think the guy from Charlottesville should experience the full extent of punishment available. He was a terrorist. He took one life, and wrecked multiple more. I also think the folks from Antifa that were attacking people should be arrested as well. The mob mentality, never works out well. It’s how people get killed, from the left and right.
For devil’s advocate purposes, let’s say that we believe that tearing these bronze castings down is going to magically fix things. Today, it is the Confederate statues. I think we can all agree that the Civil War was a dark part of America’s history. But what about tomorrow? What happens tomorrow when say, someone is offended by the Iwo Jima Memorial in DC? Or Mount Rushmore? Or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall? What monument is safe? Whose feelings trump whose?
Our country is broken. Our government is especially broken. If you are looking towards a politician to fix the strife that has beset our country, you will look until you can count the waves in the ocean. There is no politician that can fix this. Republican or Democrat, none. America’s problem is not race, its heart. We have forsaken what made us great to start with.
“I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.” George Washington
“The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of man.” Thomas Jefferson
“I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.” John Adams
Until America begins to work on its heart problem none of these half-measures will be enough. Sure, it might appease one group for a while, but it will alienate another. My Savior calls me to stand in between the two camps and tell them BOTH that there is a better way.
That doesn’t make me pro-this or anti-that. It makes me a follower of Jesus. It means leaving my comfort zone to stand in the middle of warring factions to tell them they are both wrong. It makes me radical in the fact that the answer is not in political parties or ideologies but in a God who chose to become a man.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10
Jesus is the answer. Today, tomorrow, yesterday, and forever. No amount of social justice will ever rival Jesus. No monument to anyone that can be torn down will take His place. Efforts of men always fail in the light of eternity. So, Christian breathe deep. Choose not to shut yourself off from the world. Choose to embrace even those who are hard to do so. Choose to show them Jesus. Even when they don’t deserve it.
Let’s be honest, neither did you once.
*Author's Note - I purposely chose a statue of a Union soldier for this article to prove a point. So many will be caught up in emotion, that they won't take the time to read.