Statues

As we witness change within this country, I am mystified (and a little horrified) by furies erupting over what to me are not huge matters. If we are going to be a country where all people are seen as equal under the law, some of the changes seem to me to be very pragmatic.

I would say that if Colorado State University (where I achieved both my bachelor's and master's degrees) decided to put up a statue in my likeness, I would see this as a great honor. A celebration of my life's achievements.

We now have scenarios around the country where statues of Confederate heroes are coming down. And we have many people very upset about this. I can only view this through my own lens but let's imagine a different scenario for a moment:

Imagine you are a Jew. And imagine everyday you must attend a school or a courthouse or a public square and erected there is a statue of Hitler. A man who desired your extinction. How would you feel?

So some may argue, "but the Civil War was not only about slavery." Correct. And Hitler's only goal was not the extermination of a race. But it was part of his plan and he should be wholly condemned for it.

Others may argue the preservation of history. And yes, we have Holocaust museums which exhibit the atrocities of World War II so we do not forget them. History is not preserved in the protection of statues.

Taking this a step further back than than the racial issue, let's look at the Civil War generally. The Confederates lost, and the Union prevailed. Why then, in a country that was won by the Union, are there permitted to be statues celebrating what should then be seen as leaders of treason? This is something very curious about Americans to me as a whole. We often go to war and let the defeated nation take the spoils of it. We dominate a country, then break our treasury sending aid. This is an odd thing about American history, allowing the defeated party to exhaust resources and dominate the culture. Why? Truly patriotic Americans should insist that the union be preserved and respected by the tearing down of objects that represent an attempt at it's demise.

Taking one step further back, as a Christian - clinging to statues leans very heavily on the side of idolatry in my opinion. Not that there is something evil or idolatrous in the statue themselves but the passionate need to cling to it makes it an idol.

"Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God's love for them." Jonah 2:8

"The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood - idols that cannot see or hear or walk: Revelation 9:20

Let's not forget that 60 years ago there was still terrible pockets of segregation in this country. And let's not forget that even white populations that began to stand up for their black neighbors were castigated for taking a stand for equality. Despite all these statues that are supposedly here to remind us of our past, we still have not learned. I will never have answers for this, nor will I ever have a voice loud enough to change the world. But someday I will stand before God to answer for myself and on this topic I am choosing to be on both the right side of history and the right side of God's commandment to love one another and remove myself from idols which cannot save me.

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