Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Hot Topics... Confederate Memorials
Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means God of Bethel), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.
Genesis 35:7 (NLT)
Truly I say to you, wherever this Gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.
Matthew 26:13 (NASB)
The Bible has memorials: altars or simple constructions of stone, where God's children remembered their Maker.
Today we have many memorials: to high achievers and famous events...*
Among them are Confederate statues, where Southern states honor fallen soldiers, or perhaps their fallen motivation.
My family has deep roots in the South--back to the Revolutionary War. Great grandfathers fought in the Civil War.
Of these ancestors, I have mixed feelings. Surely, they did some notably good things, but defending slavery was shameful.**
For the latter, I have asked forgiveness. Am I responsible for what they did? No, but generational behaviors can reoccur as blessings or curses.
Back to Confederate memorials:
Certain highlights of the Southern culture, like courtesy, chivalry or cuisine, should be remembered and celebrated as noteworthy regional traditions.
But lesser things should be dead and buried, including anything that hurts others--like showcasing a confederate flag.**
## Hot Topic Series: Confederate Memorials (Part 16)
* Biblical definition of 'memorial' from Bakers Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology:
* I believe memorials can become idols. If so, they are destructive and should be removed.
** Slavery was a tragic cause of dissension in America's Civil War. Apparently, the god of this world blinded many people. For the dreadful abomination of slavery (which exists today in shockingly greater abundance), I am deeply grieved.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.