Love Your Statue As Yourself?

We sure love our statues, don't we?  

After all, Jesus said, "Love your statue as yourself."  

No, of course, Jesus didn't say that.  He said, 

"Love your neighbor as yourself."

Yes, they are history.  But most were erected in the 1920's to underscore Jim Crow laws during a time when the KKK had taken a stronghold in our country. Many are incomplete and sometimes false re-presentations of history.  But they, like the confederate battle flag, have become/are becoming a gathering point for actual Nazis, armed to the hilt, meant to intimidate.  Why is that?  

Would you leave up a statue of your ancestor's oppressor which did not tell the real story?  Was not historically accurate?

Would you leave up a statue of your ancestor's oppressor if it were calling up a new generation of likeminded oppressors threatening your children?  

Would you leave up a symbol that has become a rallying point for oppression of your neighbor? 

Why are these symbols giving strength to Nazism?

Why do we love these statues so much? 

What about your neighbor?

Mark 13:

13 As he walked away from the Temple, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at that stonework! Those buildings!”

2 Jesus said, “You’re impressed by this grandiose architecture? There’s not a stone in the whole works that is not going to end up in a heap of rubble.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for your brave post, Dixie. You may like to hear some moving words from the Mayor of New Orleans on the topic:

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden