“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.” Matthew 24:6
Wars are what we do. Many people think we’re good, with a couple of bad apples thrown in. But that’s not the case. We’re not good and on any given day we prove it. All the positive thinking in the world won’t change it. Lately some seem to be under the impression that getting rid of symbols of war will cleanse us. It won’t. It will dull us instead. Symbols don’t kill, people do. Symbols remind us of what we are and no race or sex is exempt from the title “sinner”. There is no one good. Many think if they’ve been harmed it means they are good. They’re not, no one is. There isn’t a race or sex or person that has not harmed their neighbor.
So we remember and pray to Christ for forgiveness of all of our sins, not just for the Civil War. Many will exempt themselves from the evil because their ancestors were victims. But everyone is a victim one time or another and everyone is still a criminal before God. With one difference, the warfare with God is over because Christ has paid for our sins. Exempting ourselves from the indictment of “sinner” also exempts us from the indictment of “forgiven”.
Eckley Miners’ Village remembers the Civil War every year. It’s good to remember. It doesn’t mean approval of anything, it just reminds us of what we are and can be at any given moment. It isn’t pretty.
Here’s the website for Eckley Miners’ Village.
There are no necessary evil in this world..well said and love the images – the black and white ones especially are excellent!
Thanks Indah, Best to you!