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War Against Statues

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 12:25 AM

As I sit here this morning considering my subject for today, I could not help thinking about the events of this past week and the media coverage. Of course, we are all familiar with the events which took place this past weekend in Charlottesville. Then on Monday night a statue of a Confederate soldier, which had been erected more than a hundred years ago, was destroyed as a result of a protest, which had been taking place in Durham. In Baltimore, under cover of night, the city council had its confederate statues removed and just yesterday Duke University removed a statue from its chapel after it had been vandalized on Wednesday. This statue was removed at 3:00 in the morning.

Now I realize that many will argue that these statues were symbols of “White supremacy” or “oppression” and I can understand where they are coming from. But, on the other side of the coin, you can also argue that they are historical monuments, that they demonstrate freedom of speech and freedom of expression (after all, they were erected by southerners after they had lost the war) and, of course, they are art. Another thing to consider is the fact that the statues of Robert E Lee, are statues of a leader who lost the war and surrendered his army. Now tell me, how often do you see a statue erected to a losing general? There might just be more to why these statues were erected than what is being discussed today.

One final word, I am a southerner through and through. I was born, raised and have lived all my life here in the South. I am also the great grandson of a man who, along with his brothers, left North Carolina on foot and walked North to join the Union Army. He not only joined the union Army, but evidently was wounded because he received a pension for the rest of his life. The point is this, I love our nation and am proud of our history. I am not saying that everything in our history is good, or that everything that we ever did was good, but it is our history. Tearing down statues does not change our history it simply removes some of the memories of that history. I would suggest, that rather than focusing on tearing down the statues, perhaps our time would be better spent in building new ones. I can’t help but believe that every time we remove a historical monument that we all lose something and we lose it for all future generations.

Aren't there new statues that we could erect that can honor the beliefs that we have as a people and pull us together, rather than tearing down statues and dividing us as a nation? - Pastor Tim

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