It is time for the Monuments to the Confederacy to go.

There are a few well reasoned articles (Washington Post) (Public Discourse)(Civil War Emancipation) (Roanoke Times)(New York Times)(NPR)(SPLC)

History of lynching (Equal Justice Initiative)  (Christianity Today [CT])

But the most instructive is the group of people who have defended the monument in Charlottesville.  Why is it so important to White Supremacist and Neo-Nazis to argue for the maintenance of the symbols?

Also the timing of the placement of the monuments also speaks to their purpose.  Take for example a monument in Boston MA.  in 1963 at the peak of the Civil Rights movement.

A memorial outside Fort Warren is dedicated to the 13 Confederate prisoners who died there. The Boston Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected this memorial in 1963. The fort is on Georges Island near Boston.  Photo by Ron Baumgarten

As for Christians the issue should be even easier than for those who do not profess to know and serve the Lord. We are called to “not use liberty for an occasion to sin”, but by love serve one another. We are also warned against the erection of idols.

In 2 Kings 21:19 – 23

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20 He did evil in the sight of the Lord, as Manasseh his father had done. 21 For he walked in all the way that his father had walked, and served the idols that his father had served and worshiped them. 22 So he forsook the Lord, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord.

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Do I believe the Bible

While at work the other day, I accidentally hit the play button for that morning’s ttb.org (Through The Bible) broadcast.  My workmates immediately asked ‘what was that’, I told them it was the opening to a five year bible study that I listen to daily.  One workmate said he doesn’t believe in that bible stuff.  The Nuns at the Catholic school dismissed the existence of dinosaurs as fake, and lumped in Egyptian Mummies for good measure.  I don’t fully know their reasoning but let me explain mine.

I believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God.  That is what I BELIEVE, based on historical evidence and what the bible says. Jesus believed the bible, he is quoted as saying,

“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female,… “
Matthew 19:4 (NASV)

Christ believed it – and so I.  Now I know that this proof is circular in that I used the Bible to prove the Bible.

So what is the scientific evidence for a God versus – natural random coincidence?

The Big Bang or Multiverse?  The Big Bang speaks to a beginning – so does the Bible, the issue with Big Bang is where did the initial spark come from, and why if it had been stable at one point did it become unstable and explode? I choose to believe that GOD, as revealed in the Bible is the explanation for the initial ‘Big Bang’ of our universe.

Now there is another theory out there that suggested that there was no beginning, and that our universe is one of trillions that exist in a vision some are calling Multiverses.

The universe we live in may not be the only one out there. In fact, our universe could be just one of an infinite number of universes making up a “multiverse.”

Though the concept may stretch credulity, there’s good physics behind it. And there’s not just one way to get to a multiverse — numerous physics theories independently point to such a conclusion. In fact, some experts think the existence of hidden universes is more likely than not. Space.com

Does the bible speak to multiverses?  Well yes, God exists out side of our Universe and I suppose that the “lake of fire prepared for Satan and his angels” is another universe – then the Bible speaks of three universes at minimum.  Why wouldn’t we ‘discover’ this, the Bible has suggested it for generations.

In the end you must decide what it is that you believe.  Random occurrences happened to bring forth life here on earth and on planets too distant for us to definitively discover life there, or believe in an all powerful, all knowing designer – who is the cause for life here on earth as explained to us in the Bible.

I choose to believe in God, you are free to choose to believe otherwise.  In the end if I am wrong it will not matter, BUT if you have chosen to believe otherwise and are wrong – it will be the biggest mistake you could have possibly made.

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