Nearly a year ago, a little known school in North Carolina made national news. Richmond Early College High School near Rockingham decided to recall all 2017 yearbooks. At first glance, I thought there may be a major defect, glitch or typo. As I read deeper into this article, the culprit was a controversial slogan deemed hurtful, insensitive and racist. All yearbooks were confiscated due to a quote used by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, “Build that wall.”
For I do not want you to be unaware, believers, that our fathers were all under the cloud [in which God’s presence went before them] and they all passed [miraculously and safely] through the [Red] Sea; 2 And all [of them] were baptized into Moses [into his safekeeping as their leader] in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and all [of them] ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all [of them] drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not well-pleased with most of them, for they were scattered along the ground in the wilderness [because their lack of self-control led to disobedience which led to death], 1 Corinthians 10:1-5.
During a letter to an ancient Greek city, the apostle listed a series of mistakes made by the Israel. Apparently, the Holy Spirit compelled Paul to bring up these misguided steps. If you don’t learn from history, you become vulnerable to repeating these same errors. However, if books are burned, hidden or taken off the shelves due to politically incorrect content, how will future generations learn from past and present sins. In addition, if statues of Civil War heroes are destroyed or taken down, how can young people decipher the context of their lives in history.
Now these things [the warnings and admonitions] took place as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did. 7 Do not be worshipers of handmade gods, as some of them were; just as it is written [in Scripture], “The people sat down to eat and drink [after sacrificing to the golden calf at Horeb], and stood up to play [indulging in immoral activities].” 8 We must not indulge in [nor tolerate] sexual immorality, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand [suddenly] fell [dead] in a single day! 9 We must not tempt the Lord [that is, test His patience, question His purpose or exploit His goodness], as some of them did—and they were killed by serpents. 10 And do not murmur [in unwarranted discontent], as some of them did—and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example and warning [to us]; they were written for our instruction [to admonish and equip us], upon whom the ends of the ages have come, 1 Corinthians 10:6-11.
Every year the Bible is one of the top selling books in America. According to the author of Hebrews 4:12, this collection of 66 books has a special attraction. These pages are living and active, having supernatural power to speak to hearts and minds each time you read. Whenever individuals open the pages of the Bible, each chapter can admonish, equip and guide souls toward that which is good, right and true. During the rise of Communism in Europe, Bibles were banned and confiscated along with crosses. If Christians don’t stand up to defend, fight for and pray for truth, the burning of history will overtake America to erase the Judeo Christian values that this country was founded upon. May this blog inspire hearts and minds to embrace history so that the future will be brighter than the past.
by Jay Mankus