With the exception of Jesus Christ, we do not build monuments to perfect people. We don’t even build monuments to great people. We live on a small planet that circles a small star. None among us is great.
So, if none of us is great, why do we build monuments? The most memorable monuments — those most admired — we build in gratitude that God gave us someone who could and did lead us with some nobility.
In earlier times, those who supposed themselves great built monuments to themselves. Robert E. Lee however, was one of those who led with some nobility.
If monuments to Lee and other such were built in gratitude, why are these monuments being torn down? Gratitude requires humility. When our nation made the mistake of letting politicians educate its children, too many of those politicians, seeking to please everyone, including special interests, slowly took God out of our schools. Therefore, we have raised generations who refuse to see their own sinfulness, too many unwilling to forgive the sinfulness of previous generations.
Unless we have the humility to understand we too have sinned and need a Savior, we have difficulty forgiving a sin we do not want to believe we could commit. Therefore, too many now have trouble imagining how anyone could be grateful to Lee. Yet the children of people who knew him best built most of the monuments to Lee.
Oddly, gratitude to anyone, even God, requires humility. Until we realize our need, we cannot be grateful to anyone.
I don’t know where it went during the move, but I am not ashamed to admit that I used to have a 5×7 portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee hanging in my office (and I’d like another). Robert E. Lee was more than just a Confederate General; he was a man of supreme moral character and a leader like few this world has ever seen.
Yet, today, his statue in Virginia – his home state for which he fought – has been torn down by people who have no appreciation for history or bigger men than them. Petty and pitiful men are convinced that the removal of Lee’s statue will move us “forward,” but without a beginning, a foundation, a starting place, a past, there is no moving forward; it’s nothing more than flailing in mid air.
Therefore, I want to share several quotes from the man so many hate…
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