Christians should love people, not monuments


Richard Cartwright

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I was glad to read on Aug. 31st that the city councilors in Elizabeth City support the removing of the Confederate monument from the Pasquotank County Courthouse green. On Monday, Sept. 28, after a 6-0 vote, City Council instructed the city staff to draft resolutions that support removing Confederate monuments from public property. One such resolution was sent to Gov. Roy Cooper and another one was sent to the Pasquotank County commissioners.

On your Opinions page on Aug. 31, a loving and well-meaning Christian woman wrote a letter that stood up for the monuments of the Confederacy. I am writing this letter to plea with my brothers and sisters in Christ to love people more than they love monuments.

Many people have said that some are “trying to erase history” by removing Confederate monuments to museums (or graveyards); however, there are several historical facts that those who are “standing up for history” should understand.  For one thing, the Confederacy was fighting to protect the institution of slavery. Another historical fact that my fellow Southerners should realize is most Confederate monuments were erected during the era of the Jim Crow laws (the 1920s), and these monuments were erected to disenfranchise people of color rather than to memorialize Confederate soldiers. All Americans need to be aware of the fact that Robert E. Lee said that a monumental statue “honoring” him would do nothing but “keep open the sores” of the U.S. Civil War.

This letter to the editor is not an entreaty to tear down monuments, but a challenge to all Christians to love all people. Loving people means that Christians should be careful to do what is honorable in the eyes of everyone we come into contact with. Loving people means that Christians should live in harmonious peace, if it is possible, with everyone. Loving people means Christians should not hurt others (physically, emotionally, or psychologically).

In conclusion, loving people means Christians should never have an appreciation for something evil (or wrongdoing), but they should be pleased about the things that delight Jesus Christ.

Richard Cartwright
Elizabeth City