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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