Six of One, Half A Dozen of the Other

Aug 24, 2017 by

Six of One, Half A Dozen of the Other

I was taking with a non-Christian friend recently. Because of all the news coverage of the Civil War era soldier statues being taken down, our conversation turned to that topic.

This friend is a southern-born man who obviously has a strong identity in all things Confederate. He made an interesting comment to me that General Robert E. Lee was, “A very honorable man.”

As I listened to him talk, I thought about how General Robert E. Lee deserted from the USA Army, and took up arms against his own country, to fight for the Confederate States right to continue the abomination that was African slavery. I didn’t know the exact numbers, but I knew that several hundred thousand soldiers died fighting for the cause of abolition, and that because Lee was such a brilliant General, that their blood was clearly on his hands. I thought about the fact that Lee reported to Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, who famously said:

“African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, a social, and a political blessing.”
and;
“My own convictions as to negro slavery are strong. It has its evils and abuses…We recognize the negro as God and God’s Book and God’s Laws, in nature, tell us to recognize him – our inferior, fitted expressly for servitude…You cannot transform the negro into anything one-tenth as useful or as good as what slavery enables them to be.”

Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis were both firmly committed to fighting to maintain slavery for the Confederate States, even if it meant destroying the USA.

The very next day, I had a conversation with an Evangelical Christian friend. This friend is also a southern-born man who obviously has a strong identity in all things Confederate. He made THE EXACT SAME comment to me that General Robert E. Lee was, “A very honorable man.”

It all just made me wonder about the distinction between Christians and non-Christians? Is there always a way we can we tell one from the other?

The answer is: Often we can’t.

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