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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Confederate Flag Debate

     Currently in the USA, people are debating the fate of the Confederate battle flag, which has been displayed on government property in various states.

     What is bewildering about the debate is that it involves people who defend the display of that flag, and some of those people claim to be Christians.

     It is as if those Christian defenders of the Confederate flag are oblivious to the evil that the flag represents.

     Yes, racial discrimination is evil, as well as race-based slavery. The Confederacy of the 19th Century was created in order to preserve such evil.

     Then again, that evil flourished in the southeastern USA because the white Christians there (in general) decided to serve two masters.

     Prior to the USA becoming an sovereign nation, Englishmen decided to use slave labor in their North American colonies because their love of mammon was greater than any alleged love for God.

     That such slavery was evil was acknowledged in a rough draft of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which says that England's King George III had "waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it's most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them to slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportations thither."

     After the USA won its independence, abolitionists succeeded in getting rid of slavery in the northern states thanks in part (if not completely) to the Christians living there who saw that the institution of slavery violated the commandments of God.

     Meanwhile, white Christians in the southern states (in general) accepted the continuation of slavery. This act of conforming to the world was carried on after slavery ended, with white southern Christians continuing to support racial discrimination.

     When Congress began working on (and passing) civil-rights legislation in order to end racial discrimination, white southerners began displaying the Confederate flag as a symbol of defiance, sending the message that they would fight to prevent black Americans and other minorities from having the same rights as white Americans.

     That is the heritage that the Confederate flag represents, a heritage being defended by some people who claim to be Christians.

     When love of heritage becomes more important than love of God, something is wrong.

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