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‘May his days be few; may another take his office!’  ~ Psalm 109:8

 

It is not so unusual to be angered at a moment when you least expect it.  In fact, it is usually because we are not expecting it that we become angered so easily.  Still, there are moments we are caught unawares with anger resulting.

Such happened to me this afternoon as I prepared to substitute for Kevin at Covenant Kids.  The question for the evening begins the section regarding the Lord’s Prayer, more specifically, the first petition, ‘Hallowed by Thy name.’  [Update: It turns out that we studied the Lord’s Supper but I must have misheard Kevin on the phone.]  For those who know me, it will come as nothing new to learn that I thoroughly enjoy studying the catechisms.  (I am partial to the Westiminster Larger Catechism, but the Shorter and other Reformed catechisms are a joy as well.)  So, you can imagine my surprise when I came across the following commentary on the question and answer:

Let us illustrate [the point]: Shorty stands with silent respect before the great statue of Abraham Lincoln.  Why is this so?  There is a good reason.  He has studied American history.  He has learned much about this man.  The name itself would have no meaning for a child who knew no history.  But it has deep meaning for Shorty.

At this point, I was unsure whether to lose my lunch or cry.  (To be fair, I have no intention of defaming the catechisms.  The bone I have to pick is with G. I. Williamson’s commentary upon this particular question in the Shorter Catechism–which is a significant caveat!)  Forget the implied idolatry involved in revering any statue (much less that of a war criminal).  But the maddening aspect of such an errant example is that any child (or adult) who has studied history–really studied history and not the nonsense which is spoon-fed to most children based on myth and nationalistic agenda–should hold absolutely no reverence for the likes of Abraham Lincoln!

He destroyed the U.S. Constitution, waged an illegal war (against innocent non-combatants as well), and was hardly the Christian he is portrayed as having been.  Oh, yeah–and he did not free a single slave.  In fact, he advocated colonisation–sending all Negroes to Africa.

Sadly, a misplaced reverence for (Dis)Honest Abe is prevalent in our populace.  If folks really studied history–and were honest with the data–they would/ should have a radically different opinion of that man.  (DiLorenzo’s tour de force The Real Lincoln or his most recent treatment of the subject Lincoln Unmasked are great places to begin.)

I issue a challenge: Put forth a reason or reasons Lincoln should receive our approbation, and I will explain why I think the opposite is the case.  It is really not hard to do, actually.

 

Here is another example of what an errant–or ignorant–understanding of history can do.  ‘Gone With the Wind: The Musical.’  (The fact that they butchered one of the best novels ever written in this manner is a debate for another day.)  I was tempted to give them a bit of a pass; after all, they are Englishmen.  But then I read this miserable excuse for a synopsis from the playbill:

The story is set in 1860’s Atlanta, Georgia, in the period of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Period that followed. 17-year-old Scarlett, on the brink of womanhood, is the eldest of three daughters living a life of luxury on their father’s plantation Tara. President Lincoln demands the end of slavery in the South, and the Civil War begins. Scarlett’s journey through both the war and the following peace is mirrored in her turbulent relationship with Rhett Butler, whose actions always defy prediction.

Blech.

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Written by ninepoundhammer

April 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm

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