A generation ago, respect was demanded, encouraged and reinforced by most suburban neighborhoods. Whenever someone burped, farted or responded in a rude manner in public, this act was addressed immediately. Local communities looked out for the best interest of adolescents as adults weren’t afraid to correct inappropriate behavior. This era reflected a time when the majority ruled.
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come, 1 Corinthians 10:11.
Following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, there is a growing movement in America to remove any monument or statue linked to slavery. During an interview with the media last week, President Donald Trump addressed this issue. Using George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as examples, Trump replied “where are you going to stop?” If this trend is allowed to continue, the offended will expand their sights to erase remaining traces of Christianity within America. Today, the minority find ways to rule.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! – 1 Corinthians 10:12.
If this removal of American history doesn’t disturb you, let me remind you of Kryziukalnas, Lithuania. When the former Soviet Union invaded the Baltic States in June of 1940, Soviet officials removed all resembles of faith. This meant removing all religious symbols. When the iron curtain fell in the 1980’s, crosses that were found were placed on a hill in northern Lithuania. This site ensures that future generations won’t forget what happened in the past. Today, this area is known as the hill of crosses, a symbol of religious freedom.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope, Romans 15:4.
In recent days, traces of America’s Civil War are being destroyed. Fueled by a media frenzy, any monument or statue that suggests racism is under consideration for removal. However, if local, state and government officials allow this excuse me mentally to reign, any landmark could be in jeopardy. Do Americans really want to follow in the footsteps of communism? Who will learn from history if it’s completely obliterated? May the city of crosses serve as a living example to learn from past mistakes. Instead of saying excuse me, use any offensive historic symbol as teachable moments to educate those who were not alive.
by Jay Mankus