I must admit that I never thought I would see the Confederate Flag removed from the capitol buildings in some of the southern states. I was born and raised in North Carolina but the Civil War has never really meant all that much to me. For me it was brother against brother, family against family, and state against state. It was a big time family squabble that got a lot of young men killed.
I know slavery was part of the reason for the war… but we know that rich people in the north owned slaves as well, even George Washington. Other reasons for the war were economic… blockades that kept southern cotton from reaching its points of sale. Slavery was despicable in itself, but the inhumane treatment of slaves was even worse.
I am glad the flag is down but will that solve the problem of racism? I don’t think so. Some are using the lowering of the flag as a springboard to remove all Confederate remembrances from every city and town across the country. Some are talking about changing the name of the Jefferson Davis highway in Virginia, or removing Robert E. Lee statues from cemeteries. Even our own House is wanting to remove the Confederate flag from Confederate Cemeteries.
I wonder when will it end??? It reminds me of the words by Rameses in the movie the Ten Commandments. Moses has dishonored Pharaoh’s house by killing an Egyptian and found out to be a Hebrew. Judgment is pronounced on him and he is exiled from Egypt, and along with that it is ordered that his name never be spoken again and that his name be removed from every place it is inscribed. I think some are thinking this is where we need to go. If we do, then order up Seal Team 6 to invade the Vatican to removed two special letters kept in the catacombs: One from Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, and one from President Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States – both asking the Pope to pray for the people in battle.
Change will not happen with the lowering of a flag or the removal of all names associated with the Confederate part of the Civil War – or those who owned slaves. It will come only when we make room for change, understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, and brotherhood among ALL people. When we are ready to do that, we are ready for healing.
At the bottom of the header (above) you will find a place to click to pull up information about my new book in print: “The Sayings of Noah.”
Between the ages of 2 and 4 Noah shared some sayings with us that I could help but write down and tuck away for a later day. That day came and I wrote a series of Wednesday night Lenten Studies using his sayings as a springboard for what he could be thinking. I later turned them into a Lenten Sermon Series and finally into Sermons for the slow Sundays of summer.
I hope you will enjoy this light, but challenging approach to Lent – using the saying of this famous four year old theologian.