My Two Cents On the Southern Thing

There is much I’d like to say with respect to this whole Confederate battle flag controversy. Unfortunately, much of what I would like to say might come across as offensive; no matter what I say, somebody will be offended.

Therefore, I won’t write much, only enough to say I’ve added my two cents into the raging fountain. Who knows, maybe I might even get a wish granted.

First, I am a Southerner. If you are not from the South, then you probably have no idea what it’s like to live in a country you love and would give your life for, while at the same time feel sorta like you’re living in occupied territory. Being a Southern-bred, red-blooded American is sort of like having a split personality. And I’m proud of my personality.

Second, General Robert E. Lee is one of my heroes, and I will not apologize for that fact, despite the fact that our Confederate heritage is under attack from almost every direction. As a matter of fact, precisely because it seems everything Southern is being scrutinized by those jumping on the politically-correct bandwagon, I am more so on the defensive. I have a portrait of General Lee in my study, and that’s where it will stay.

Third, it disgusts me to see so many people not care about something one day, but then when it seems like not caring will cost political points or make one appear uncaring, they all of a sudden care to the extreme. If it wasn’t such a big deal last week, then it’s just pandering this week.

Fourth, I see all these politicians going to black (African-American) churches to decry racial discrimination, but fail to hear them recognize the irony of giving those speeches in racially segregated congregations! Am I the only one seeing this?!

Fifth, I hope the world can recognize the difference in the way a Southern, Christian community can respond to tragedy without burning itself down in the process. Love, and coming together to forgive the unlovable, is not the way of the Al Sharptons and the Jessie Jacksons, which proves they have no desire to emulate the crucified Christ who said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” They care nothing of the commandment to “love your enemies.”

Sixth, I’d bet my next paycheck a rainbow flag actually offends me more than a Confederate battle flag offends Hillary Clinton.

Lastly, this flag flap controversy, if nothing else, should prove to the true believer in Jesus Christ that we are all strangers and pilgrims in this world. The words of a children’s song I used to sing in Sunday School should pretty much sum it up: “Jesus is the Rock of my salvation; His banner over me is Love.”

Fly whatever flag you want, but the ensign over my heart is Jesus: may HE be high and lifted up (John 12:32).


Filed under America, current events, General Observations, Struggles and Trials

6 responses to “My Two Cents On the Southern Thing

  1. david andre davison

    I am southern by birth, raised in the North, and lived in the south for a few years as an adult. I am also a student of US History.

    If you were flying the flag of Great Britain, I doubt many people would be offended, but our forefathers would have been. Unfortunately, the “Confederate” flag, although not the official one, represents southern pride to some, but slavery to others.

    The Apostle Paul was talking about other issues, such as food, but I think this likewise relevant to any “stumbling block.”

    “Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way.” – Romans 14:13

    The US Supreme Court’s ruled on the Confederate flag and Texas License Plates. Then about the same time, a terrible multiple murder was committed by someone who had previously posed with a Confederate Flag and a gun, The Confederate flag has apparently become a stumbling block my brother.

    While I salute your pride in the South, Christ calls us to be Christians first.

    God Bless!

    • Thanks for the comment. I do agree with the “stumbling block” reference, though. That, I believe, is about the strongest argument for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from state buildings. It’s just hard to stomach being labeled racist when you’re not, then have to capitulate to the demands of those who were not offended, but want to make sure they get ahead of the polling data.

  2. I have an Israeli flag in my office.

    • david andre davison

      I have a small US flag inside my living room. Of course, I am an American living in the Philippines. LOL

  3. Over my sixty-two years forty-eight were spent in the Mid-West, four in the North-East and the last ten in the South. Each region is unique in its culture, topography, political and religious views. Anytime we attack the diversity of one region it affects the country as a whole. As a freedom loving American I don’t like it when government or any group tells me what flag I can wave, or what God can or cannot I worship.

    The greater issue here is the systematic dismantling of our American heritage and way of life. The America I grew up in back in the fifties and sixties is a distant memory. As a Christian my hope is in God not the government. They can take away my freedom and attack my cultural heritage but they cannot touch my deep rooted faith in the God of the Bible and my eternal destiny!

    • Sorry for my dyslexia. At the end of the first paragraph I meant “I don’t like it when a government or any other group tells me what flag i can wave, or what God I can or cannot worship.

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