Dr. Richard Land Answers: How Should Christians Respond to Tearing Down of Historic Statues?

The head of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed and broken in the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, Massachusetts. Native American activists have long objected to honoring Columbus, saying that his expeditions to the Americas led to the colonization and genocide of their ancestors. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Question: How should Christians respond to the desecration of the symbols of our national heritage and history?

The barbarians are at the gate. The mobs are now loose in the centers of American cities, tearing down statues and memorials representing our history and our heritage. They started with Confederate political leaders and generals. Many of us understood from the beginning that the Confederate leaders were clearly a Trojan horse.

Let me be clear: the Confederate memorials should be moved into historical museums, but only after the people’s elected representatives in the locales where these statues are located voted to do so. To have mobs take the law into their own hands is unacceptable – and dangerous. Such actions erode the rule of law, which is precious, valuable, and very fragile. It is far easier to destroy the rule of law than it is to build it up in the first place, brick by painful brick.

Now these mobs in the last few days have torn down and defaced statues of George Washington, the father of our country; and Thomas Jefferson, the chief author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Why? Was it because he was a slaveholder? Jefferson, who indeed was a slaveholder, but he also wrote “all men are created equal” and as enshrined on the Jefferson Memorial, declared:

God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Establish the law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state to effect and on a general plan.

Richard Land (Photo: The Christian Post/Katherine T. Phan)

And these domestic terrorists are even attacking the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln. They have defaced the Lincoln Memorial and want his statue removed in Boston.

These radical revolutionaries are exploiting the legitimate, heart-felt protests by tens of thousands of Americans, black and white, against police brutality and residual racism in American society.

They have torn down a statute of Ulysses S. Grant, the general who defeated the Confederacy and who as president helped shepherd the ratification of the Constitution’s Fifteenth Amendment, which says “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” This amendment gave constitutional guarantees of the right of former slaves to vote. Grant also appointed numerous African-Americans to prominent places of service in his administration, and fought fiercely for the rights of the freedmen during Reconstruction.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Richard Land