I’ve never given much thought to the Confederate flag except to say, “You lost. Get over it.” That was until my minister spoke a bit about it because of the tragedy in North Carolina. He asked everyone in the building with the Confederate flag to remove it from their car. He said that as a Christian, you shouldn’t africanslaves-1want to display something that to so many people see as a memory of hatred.

While some Southerners see the flag as their heritage, most black people are reminded of a time of slavery and segregation. And that is not a symbol that we, as Christians, should be advertising. Our goal should be to promote the glory of Jesus Christ.

John 13:35 states, By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. You cannot be promoting the word of God if you do not love. And if you continue to have symbols of hate, then you cannot possibly love the people your symbol hates.

I assure you, most people who fly the flag are not racist. You see the flag as a symbol of your heritage. Just how familiar are you with this heritage?

Confederate flagThe flag we call the Confederate flag today is actually the Confederate Navy Jack. So unless you had a forefather in the Confederate Navy, this is not your heritage. To the left is the original Confederate flag.

 

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Maybe we’ve been brainwashed by 130 years of Yankee history, but Southern identity now has more to do with food, accents, manners, music than the Confederate past. It’s something that’s open to both races, a variety of ethnic groups and people who move here. – John Sheldon Reed

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The Confederate flag of today has become the symbol of Southern pride. However, this particular flag has a unique history of its own.

After the Civil War, the use of the Confederate Navy Jack flag virtually disappeared until 1948 when a group called the Dixiecrats began to use it. The Dixiecrats were democrats who left the party because of its stance on desegregation and civil rights.

In the 1950’s, the “current” Confederate flag was taken up by the Ku Klux Klan or KKK and is still used by this group today.

Your Confederate flag has been used by these two groups to promote hatred longer than the Confederacy existed. So answer me one question. When you say it’s about your heritage, exactly which heritage are you promoting?

Symbols can be dangerous, especially if you’re a Christian. We need consider what we are advertising. It’s not for me to decide if your “symbol” is showing the Christian image you want to portray. That is a decision between you and the Lord. Pray about it and listen for an answer. Even if it’s not the one you want to hear.

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As you know, there was a terrible church shooting this past week in South Carolina. These were people doing what they should have been doing. Spending time with God. Yet, an act of hate killed nine people.charleston-church

Why did he do it? Because of the color of their skin.

Genesis 1:27 states, So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. I don’t see anywhere in this passage, or quite frankly anywhere in the Bible, where it says God created “white” man in his image. And if you think about it, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. I believe that would make him “brown.”

We must stop this hatred based on the color of skin. There is good and bad in each tone. There are a lot of whites in jail and on welfare, so don’t try to place that just at the feet of the black man. While most people on welfare are black, the majority on Social Security Disability are white. And most of those people aren’t disabled enough to not work. They’ve just found a way around it.

Everyone sins. No matter the color.

Racial harmonyAnd yes, I use the term “black.” That is because when I was growing up the saying was “black is beautiful.” Then some jerk (probably a white man) came out with African-American. Yet most black people have never been to Africa, much less born there.

I don’t see skin color. I see what’s in your heart. As we all should. I have some black friends that I’d go to great lengths to help. Yet there are white people in my life I wouldn’t cross the street for.

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I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side. – Bob Marley

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I’ve sinned quite a bit in this world, especially before I found God. I imagine when I get to Heaven there’ll be a filing cabinet full of my transgressions. Yet, I won’t have to explain to God why I didn’t likehatred the color of someone’s skin. A color He chose for them.

By hating someone based on their skin color, you in essence hate God. And you hate one of God’s creations based solely on looks.

There is a lot of ugly out there. Most of it comes from the hearts of those who hate. We all, black, white, brown, purple must learn to love each other based on what’s on the inside, not the outside. Each color has wonderful hearts and souls. And each color has darkness. We need to learn to differentiate without looking at the outward hue or this hatred will continue.

Please pray for the families of the victims in South Carolina, and yes, pray for the shooter as well. Obviously he needs peace to erase the hatred he’s allowed to take over his life.

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