Saturday, July 11, 2015

Some Final Questions On the Flag Issue

4:00 this morning - I couldn't sleep - and the questions started coming to mind.  They are rhetorical - they are not pointed at anyone.  They are merely food for thought.  They made me do some thinking.


--Why do we not see such a groundswell of enthusiasm for honoring our ancestors who died in World War I? World War II? The Revolutionary War?  Why only the Civil War?

   --It is commonly known that the flag was returned to the Statehouse in 1962 as a statement against the civil rights movement.  Was that a good thing or a bad thing?
--What would you think if you observed a movement in Germany, of good middle-class people, not extremists or skinheads, who wanted to fly the swastika under the banner of "heritage, not hate"?

--How do you think you might feel about the Confederate flag if you had had to cut a dead family member down from a tree in, say, the 1930s (or have ancestors who had to do so) --a family member who had been murdered there, without due process of law, by vigilantes who acted under that banner?

--Does doing something meaningful for a group of people who have reason to be offended by a symbol, always have to be associated with legitimate fears of a slippery slope?

--Are government-sanctioned symbols, on public property, any different than privately-displayed symbols?

--Have you ever had a meaningful, one-on-one conversation with someone from the "other" race about why the flag means heritage, or why the flag means hate?

--How does this "flag flap" appear to people in other parts of the country and to the world?  Does it matter how it appears?  Should it matter?

--Crime, prejudice, other flag issues, are real problems.  Are they relevant to the topic of taking the flag off the statehouse grounds, or are they red herrings to this issue?

--Is it possible that the roots of this conflict go back to the ill treatment of whites during reconstruction?  If so, is that not tantamount to holding a generational grudge? As a Christian, is it possible that holding a hard line on leaving the flag up is actually holding a hard line on taking up another's offense--a historical offense?

--It has been widely stated that the gracious actions of the families of the Emmanuel Nine were what started the groundswell to take down the flag.  As a Christian, what is your response to their actions?  Was it easy or difficult to acknowledge their leadership during that court hearing?  Does a person's response to that question correlate in any way to his response to the Confederate flag issue?

--Does the principle of deference have any place in this matter?

--If taking down the flag might bring about conversation, communication, and better relations between black and white Christians, would taking it down be a worthy move?

--If Jesus were walking in South Carolina as He did in Galilee, what would be his reaction and response to this issue?

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