The Point: History? What History?

History, schmistory. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Christians of all people should be good at remembering. Why? Because our faith is rooted in history.

We ought to remember those who have gone before us, warts and all. King David, for example, was a “man after God’s own heart.” And also a murderer and adulterer. Yet Israel didn’t write him out of Scriptures.

Tell that to Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, which will remove two plaques honoring former parishioners Robert E. Lee and George Washington.

George Washington? The church, as Rod Dreher notes, is on Washington Street. Washington’s picture is on the donations it receives. Throw a silver-dollar across the Potomac and you’ll hit the city that bears his name.

Neither Washington nor Lee were towering figures of faith, but they were towering figures of history—and significant members of Christ Church.

A church with “Historic” in the name should put history above political correctness. I’m not saying history should be whitewashed, but to rework a classic phrase, the best way to avoid repeating history is not to forget it.

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Historic Alexandria church decides to remove plaques honoring Washington, Lee
  • Lori Aratani | Washington Post | October 28, 2017

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  • Joel Stucki

    HUGE difference between Washington and Lee. Washington is remembered for helping to found this nation, and also happened to be a slave owner.

    The only reason anyone remembers Lee is for what he did to preserve the right of others to own slaves.

    No comparison between them.

    • gladys1071

      At the time slavery was acceptable in society, Lee may have been sincerely wrong about slavery, but at that time being a slave owner and a Christian were NOT mutually exclusive, i am sure many Godly men owned slaves, does not make them any less Christian.

      We need to stop seeing slavery through our modern times and see it from the perspective of the people that lived during that time.

      • Joel Stucki

        I didn’t say anyone wasn’t a Christian. I just drew a comparison between the legacies of Washington and Lee.