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Why I Love History!

Having spent a week in Washington DC, I was surrounded by history.  Every where I turned, there was history all around me.  I visited the battlefields at Manassas, Virginia where not one but two Civil War battles took place.  Both were victories for the Confederates.  In First Bull Run, it was General Stonewall Jackson and his Virginia soldiers who turned the tide of the battle.  President Lincoln was convinced that the Southerners would want to return to the Union once they saw the power of the Union army.  How wrong Lincoln was.  In fact, most Union soldiers and citizens believed that this battle at the train depot town of Manassas would end the rebellion.  Lincoln called for loyal men of the Union to join his army and they signed up for only 90 days!  Lincoln convinced the people of the North that the South would crumple against his army.  He did not account for the tenacity of men such as Jackson or Robert E. Lee.  The battle intrigued people of the North so much so that they journeyed that Sunday morning, July 21, 1861, about 20 miles from Washington DC to Manassas.  They came to watch “the only battle to be fought in the Civil War.”

The battle of Manassas begin with the Union gaining the upper hand but the tide turned when Stonewall Jackson rallied his men to fight for the South, “their country.”  Jackson was a fervent man of prayer and he would often walk the trails praying.  The night before First Bull Run, tradition tells us that Jackson journeyed into the open fields where the war would take place the next day and he prayed.  Jackson was beloved by his men and they fought and died for him and the Southern cause.  It was Jackson and his men who turned the battle that day and they so routed the Union that the Union soldiers and the common folk who came to watch the battle tripped over themselves running back to DC.  Lincoln knew he was in for a long fight after that battle.  The South would not go easy.

History teaches us many things.  It doesn’t just teach us where we came from.  It teaches us where we are going.  The roots of the Civil War are not just found in the question of slavery.  They go much deeper than that.  The battle lines for the Civil War were laid at the beginnings of the United States but few study history to know that.  In fact, we are still seeing much of the effects of the Civil War even today.  The key difference (and it is huge) is that we are now viewing the Civil War and all of history through the lenses of postmodernism.  Only those of us who are seeking to be enlightened and reject postmodernism as a false ideology and another line of humanistic philosophies that will fail understand history.  Postmodernism relies on deconstructionism.  This is the idea that we must reevaluate everything we learn and rebuild it how we want it.  So now, history is seen as “European arrogance toward the Natives in the New World” so that Christopher Columbus, who was praised for nearly 200 years in the United States for his discovery of the New World, is now seen as a warmonger, a bigot, a racist, and he took the land from the Natives and gave it to the Whites.

I saw more evidences of deconstruction at work as I visited the various museums in Washington.  European history or “white” history has been completely replaced with various views from Africans and Hispanics.  While Africans and Hispanics are praised for their cultures, their inventions, their people, etc. the Europeans are viewed as racists, bigots, liars, thieves, and slave owners.  While these words do not appear, the praise for every culture but Europe is seen all in the history museums.  The Civil War exhibit alone praised the abolition movement, spoke of the horrors of slavery, etc. but failed to address the deeper issues involved with the Civil War, mainly States’ rights and whether the States would be allowed to control their own destinies or whether the expansion of the Federal Government would be the victor.  Yes slavery was a major point but it was along other issues as well and the Smithsonian ignores that in favor of the hotter topic, the enslavement of the African race.

Now some will read that above and glean racism from it.  I mean no harm.  I think it is right for us to praise our races.  God made us all unique in our color and our cultures.  We are made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27) and we all share a common blood but we are all different nonetheless.  We are unique.  There will only be one of you.  There will be many whites, blacks, red, brown, etc. colored people but only one you, one person created in God’s image.  That is the cure for racism.  Further, we must not deny people the right to praise their own race.  Paul praised his race in Romans 9:1-5.  There is nothing wrong with whites celebrating in other whites nor blacks celebrating other blacks.  In fact, President Obama is both white (his mother) and black (his father).  I don’t think we should tear down white history in favor of other histories nor should we promote one history over the other but teach history.  We can learn from history!

The Civil War is more and more being viewed from the lenses of deconstruction.  All of the South is now viewed as racist.  Stonewall Jackson and men such as Robert E. Lee are seen as racists.  The South is seen as fighting for the cause of slavery but while slavery played a part, it was not the only part.  The vast majority of the men who fought and died for the South never owned slaves.  They believed they were fighting and dying for their friends and ultimately their right to live as free people.  Deconstruction has attacked such a view.

I love history but I dread to see where we are going with it.  We are attacking nearly all our history through the lenses of postmodernism.  We are doing so with the Bible now as well and we must guard against that.  We must stand firm for the authority of the Bible and preach the truth of the Word of God despite the rejection we will receive due to it (1 Peter 4:12-19).  People will not be saved by us being nice and tolerant but through the preaching of the gospel (Romans 1:16-17; 10:14-17).  We must preach what our society does not want to hear, that people are sinners in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23).  We must preach that men are not basically good but we are wretched before a holy God (1 Timothy 1:8-11) and apart from His grace, we cannot be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9).  We must preach the truth of John 3:1-7, that all people must be born again or they will not enter into the kingdom of God.  We must expose their sins through the Law of God (Psalm 19:7; Romans 7:7).  We must not back down proclaiming the truth of the Word of God in favor of deconstructionism.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/17/2012 at 11:00 AM

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