Monday, April 23, 2007

Confederate Memorial Day

Today is the official Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Confederate Memorial Day, being the fourth monday in April. The date is based upon the surrender of Confederate General Johnston to U.S. General Sherman. Confederate Memorial Day is actually cited as an official holiday in the Alabama Constitution, Section 1-3-8(a).

The accepted history of the War Between the States is that the South was wrong and the North was right, the North won- end of story. It isn't nearly that simple. [Disclaimer: Before I say anything, I don't encourage anyone to resurrect the Confederacy and begin a rebellion, and I am not a racist. Slavery is wrong, a breach of basic human rights, whether practiced on white-skinned people, dark-skinned people, or people that have green skin with pink polka dots. There is only one race, descended from Adam and Eve.]

The South was not fighting simply to preserve slavery, although it was a Southern and not Northern interest. The South was fighting for several reasons, all a result of the fact that the South and the North had become distinctly different sections, with conflicting cultures and interests; the two sections were battling over control of the government to prevent the other from legislating them to death- and the South was losing. The War Between the States was in great part a result of a malfunction of the Constitution. Nobody, and no section, should have been battling for control anyway.

There were many godly men in the South, and there was a great revival in the Southern army. J. William Jones, Chaplain General to the Army of Northern Virginia, in Christ in the Camp, calls that Army "the noblest army (I hesitate not to confirm, after the lapse of years) that ever marched under any banner or fought for any cause 'in all the tide of time'." Also "But any history of that army which omits an account of the wonderful influence of religion upon it- which fails to tell how the courage, discipline, and morale of the whole was influenced by the humble piety and evangelical zeal of many of its officers and men- would be incomplete and unsatisfactory."

There is much more to the Confederacy than first meets the eye. There are many good books and tapes regarding the War Between the States that will paint a full, accurate picture of the Confederacy- of its godly officers and soldiers, and the actual situation that took place, as opposed to what is generally taught and believed. Today is a memorial to those men who fought, and often died, fighting for the Confederate States of America.

Robert E. Lee

Stonewall Jackson

Monday, April 16, 2007

Imus and the First Amendment

Ok. Normally I don't fly off the handle with my convictions because I don't want to portray a wrong idea of what I mean and I'm wary of my flesh nature and the problem with getting a little too opinionated without scriptural basis. BUT, since Doug decided to post a great article on his blog about the topic and he took my view, if you don't like it, I've now got an ally. Be sure to go to his blog and read the details from today's post with the same title.

Now for my rant, quickly.

I agree with Doug and glad to see the historical law of the land behind it. Law cannot force upon one common sense now-a-days. Imus is the epitome of a cranky, foul, depraved old fogie and I'm glad he's gone and hope he stays gone from the airwaves. "Free speech" has become, just like most other important rights, just an excuse phrase that none that use it really understands anymore. Many just want the excuse to say anything they want whether it's right or wrong and not be accountable for their abuse of the rights of others to not have to listen to the foul stench of trash that pours from their depraved, bigotted, racial, foul, evil hearts. If having to hear what Imus is saying is "free speech"; I don't want it!
At the same time, I don't like governmental laws that strip away freedoms and laws shouldn't be necessary to tell me what I ought and ought not say. Of course if Christ is the Christians example then that sorta takes care of itself now doesn't it. It's not a question of censorship laws, it's a questions of moral decency. God's standard. Spiritual revivial is what we should long for, it should be in our prayers every day.

Lu 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.


Friday, April 13, 2007