‘It’s Not a Reformation, It’s a Revolution’

Sep 5, 2020 by

by Tony Perkins, FRC:

When the citizens are marching in the streets with guns to protect their property, we’ve got a big problem. Lawlessness is breaking out around the country — Seattle, Portland, even Washington, D.C. Roving bands are hounding diners at restaurants if they won’t salute Black Lives Matter.

Some cities allowed burning, looting, and nightly violence to continue. In D.C., an official group, which answers to the mayor, issued the following recommendation: “remove, relocate, or contextualize” many of the monuments and memorials to America’s founders. That includes the Jefferson Memorial. And the Washington Monument. On Thursday’s “Washington Watch,” Southern Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler insisted, “it’s an effort to try not only to rewrite history, but now to act as if history didn’t happen.”

The far-Left New York Times tried to rewrite history through the 1619 Project, which cast America’s founding as irredeemably racist. But Mohler explained the flaws of our history don’t justify erasing it. “Were [Washington and Jefferson] slaveholders? Yes. Do we need to reckon with that honestly? Yes. Does history need to deal with that straightforwardly? Of course. But can you even tell the American story without Washington and Jefferson? No.” These men, said Mohler, were the “bookends of defining the entire American experiment in constitutional self-government.”

If we only allowed statues of people who made no mistakes, we would have no statues. Scripture makes clear that no one is righteous. Not Abraham. Not Israel. Not King David, “guilty of arranging murder and also of adultery,” as Mohler said. No one since the Fall. “But the messiah himself reigns forever on David’s throne.” The Bible tells us about history — warts and all — because it’s a story of redemption.

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