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No legitimate reason for Christians to support Confederacy

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

The recent letter about Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam hopefully showing that he has learned from his reckless behavior in the past and changing into a more thoughtfully considerate person reminded me of an experience that I had several weeks ago.

The Bible study at a local church had just ended. The pastor then asked, “Does anybody have any comments that they want to make?”

A woman told about her dialogue with an African-American man about God and the Bible. Then she unexpectedly said, “I do not know why those people have to get rid of our (Confederate) flags and statues.” I quickly responded that I wanted every Confederate flag and Confederate statue to be relocated in a history museum. Almost immediately I was criticized and condemned by more than a few women in that Bible study group. I felt like a suspected “carpetbagger.”

It seems to me like many Southern Christians are fighting for the protection of Confederate monuments because they do not want to obscure American history. However, those monuments were erected to make the lost Confederate rebellion seem honorable and worth being celebrated.

Quite frankly as an unpredjudiced Christian, I believe that the rebellion of the American Southern states was unethical and shameful. The Southern states believed their very existence depended on the continuation of slavery, and Southerners who did not own slaves believed in the institution of slavery as well as the social structure of white supremacy.

I spent some time educating myself by going to the following website: www.battlefields.org. There I read some of the Declarations of Causes made by the seceding states. The state of Texas, for example, seceded from the Union for the sake of “maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery — the servitude of the African to white race within her limits — a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time.” In other words, Texans liked slavery and they were exceedingly willing to fight for its preservation.

The cruelties of slavery continued for so many years, because people were blinded by greed and pride. When modern-day Christians celebrate the Confederacy, it is either because they do not know what the Confederacy stood for or because they agree with what it stood for.

Furthermore, we Christians should be vigilant about what we say about those of African descent. Because on Judgment Day everyone will have to give an account of every careless word they have spoken, for they will be judged by their words — either innocent or guilty.

Richard T. Cartwright

Elizabeth City

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