Remove these historical idols, and indignities of racism?
The wars and rumors of wars has led to the removal of statues that represented history, idol worship and the indignity of racism.
One of the statues removed in the city I live was a landmark for school field trips. Unbeknownst to those of us who had visited during our school years he was a slave owner like many other statues recently torn down across the U.S., yet we were told he was a prominent figure in history.
I’ve heard folks say this has never happened in history. Maybe not in the history of the U.S., but it has happened.
The vulnerability of a nation is contingent on its leader. Vulnerable people are subjects of volatile acts.
I’m reminded of the Israelites who requested kings to rule them. Samuel, who God had chosen to lead them, prayed to the Lord about their request, “The Lord said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being King over them,”
(1 Samuel 8:7). It wasn’t Gods plan, but they wanted to be like the other nations, ruled by king’s.
When they shifted under the rulership of kings, they became vulnerable to the authority and power of man.
The ungodly Kings were idolatry pagan worshippers and the Godly kings worship God. When the king who worshipped the pagan god was leading the people he would remove and destroy any thing representing God. When the king who worshipped the true God was in position he would remove and destroy the pagan idols.
The people were vulnerable to the heart of whichever leader was in power.
The act of human desires and satisfaction does not negate the indepenseable true God. He is a spirit which can not be tangibly removed, as he lives in the heart of those who choose Him.
The destruction of the statues satisfies the heart of some folks, and cause distinction in others, but does not remove hatred. I’m an advocate of removing any thing that represents hatred and the kingdom of the devil, but know that these things on earth are only temporal. They are subject to destruction, including mankind.
During the reign of pagan gods, God had to remind them they were not above Him.
I must quote this, “No one has seen God at any time. But if we love one another [with unselfish concern], God abides in us, and His love [the love that is His essence abides in us and] is completed and perfected in us. By this we know [with confident assurance] that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given to us His [Holy] Spirit,” (1 John 4:12-13).
Mannesseh, Hezekiah’s son, did the opposite of his father. He built pagan altars in the house of God, “he practice witchcraft, used divination, and practiced sorcery, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger...” (2 Chronicles 33:6,11).
God spoke to Mannesseh and the people about placing pagans Gods above Him, but they ignored. God allowed another king to put Mannesseh in a state of distress. It was during that time “he sought the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,” (2 Chronicles 33:10,12).
Mannesseh knew the true God as his father Hezekiah was a true worshipper, but he initially chose the ways of pagan worship.
The tearing down or removal of an statue is only temporal, as it’s not the statue alone that troubles mankind, it’s representation. Hmm!