Franklin Graham Just Gave the Perfect Response to Saving U.S. Monuments
Have you been watching all the chaos happening this week? Ever since the Charlottesville incident, things have been a mess. It's all I hear about when I turn on the news. And things seemed to go from
Have you been watching all the chaos happening this week?
Ever since the Charlottesville incident, things have been a mess.
It’s all I hear about when I turn on the news. And things seemed to go from bad to worse when rioters started tearing down statues. Historical statues. Even George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were targeted. Are you kidding me?
So it was nice to hear from someone very level headed. A pastor. Someone I like to hear from on these types of hot-button issues. Franklin Graham.
Here’s what he just posted on Facebook, and it’s already going viral:
If you can’t read that, here’s the text in bigger font:
There’s a monument in Jerusalem’s Kidron Valley called Absalom’s Pillar that has been there for a few thousand years. Absalom was a man guilty of murder, treason, and even trying to kill his own father—King David.
That’s a part of history—taking it down wouldn’t change what happened.
I’m thankful the monument still stands today to remind us of Absalom’s very serious and costly sins.
There are monuments in our country today that remind us of the sins of our past, and taking them down isn’t going to change the mistakes we have made as a nation. They remind us of the truth—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in May, “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you’ and so I don’t actually want to rename things that were named for slave owners. I want us to have to look at those names and recognize what they did and to be able to tell our kids what they did, and for them to have a sense of their own history.
When you start wiping out your history, sanitizing your history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing,”
Perhaps monuments can serve to help us teach our children and grandchildren to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.
If you ask me, this is a perfect response.
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Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name be the glory
Because of Your love and your faithfulness!