Pop quiz: Which American president outlawed the transatlantic slave trade, calling the practice a crime against humanity? The fact that a majority of Americans cannot correctly answer that question is evidence that our history as a people is being erased – and not for a good purpose. How are we to know who we are as a people if we do not remember our own past?
This is a question that is frequently addressed to the Israelites in Scripture. We would do well to examine those verses as America is currently going through a frenzy to eradicate, tear down, deface or destroy all Confederate monuments in the country.
You might be surprised to learn that a total of 75 Confederate monuments have been destroyed or renamed in the past year. Following some unpleasantness in Charlottesville last year, the media has engaged in a near-total blackout of the practice of whitewashing Confederate statues (pardon the pun).
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which raises funds by declaring Christian churches to be domestic terrorists for opposing homosexual “marriage,” has identified and listed 1,740 Confederate monuments in America that must be – in its opinion – destroyed. It may take them a few years, but it looks like the left is intent on carrying this pogrom out.
When God stopped the Jordan River in Joshua 4, so the Israelites could cross it into the Promised Land, He commanded the priests to take up 12 stones from the river bottom. Joshua stacked the stones into a monument. Joshua 4:21-22 states, “Then he (Joshua) spoke to the children of Israel, saying, ‘When your children ask your fathers in times to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall let your children know, saying, ‘Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land.’”
Scripture is filled with references to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua and others of the Israelite nation setting up monuments to God, commemorating their history as a nation. The Bible is also filled with dire warnings that standing stones – whether monuments or property markers – are not to be torn down or moved (Deuteronomy 19:14, Proverbs 22:28). God is not a fan of erasing history, as evidenced by the many sinful incidents of all kinds that are remarked upon in Scripture.
America was torn apart in the Civil War by the question of federal power and also, secondarily, over the issue of slavery. When the North had won, we had to figure out as a nation how to put it all back together again. Even though the South had been defeated, they were still our neighbors and our fellow Americans (and in many cases, our relatives). One of the ways that we healed as a nation during the Reconstruction period was by acknowledging the prowess of Confederate war heroes through monuments.
These monuments were not testaments to slavery as many college professors and snowflakes in the mainstream media would have us believe. They were statues of men who had fought admirably for the losing side in the worst war our nation has ever been through. Should we erase our own history because it offends the delicate sensibilities of modern liberals, whose ancestors may very well have fought for the Confederacy?
Here’s a more practical example, outside the issue of Confederate monuments, to hopefully illustrate the danger of erasing history. A lieutenant in the Kaiser’s army, Erwin Rommel, kept a detailed journal of his time in the infantry during World War I. The young Rommel was a genius at the new science of small infantry tactics. “Erwin Rommel’s Infantry Attacks” is still in print and is still required reading at American military academies to this day.
Any time since the 1950s when a small group of US Marines or soldiers has charged an enemy machine gun nest under fire without taking any casualties, or dug a foxhole to protect against artillery strikes, we can thank Erwin Rommel.
Of course, Rommel went on to become the notorious “Desert Fox” for Adolph Hitler in the 1930s. This brilliant enemy commander left a standing stone for us in his writings, and he saved countless American soldiers’ lives because of it. Should we erase his wisdom from our military academies, simply because we don’t like his politics?
You may have no ties whatsoever to the southern states or the former Confederacy. But whether we like it or not, those monuments are our standing stones as a people. They remind us of where we have been and who we were, even at a time when we failed as a nation.
When our children ask us, “Who are these people?” we can answer and say, “They were Americans who fought bravely for what they believed in – even though they were wrong.”
Tearing those monuments down serves no good purpose, but it does set a precedent for destroying other monuments, such as the Liberty Bell or the Bunker Hill Monument.
Do you think the tyrants ripping down statues today will be satiated when they have destroyed every monument to Jefferson Davis? Not likely. They are only getting warmed up.
And by the way, it was Thomas Jefferson who outlawed the transatlantic slave trade, in 1808.
~ Christian Patriot Daily