There is a current trend in some parts of our contemporary culture to re-examine history and its heroes in the light of current, politically correct “standards.” In some cases, advocates of their effort propose to banish these heroes or so ridicule them that it becomes the result. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee are but 3 examples. Even the flag of our nation has come under attack because the nation has not always lived up to its premise.
This process of retroactively applying current political correctness is like sawing off the proverbial limb on which we are perched. It is like standing high upon a ladder while it is being removed and expecting to remain suspended in the air. We cannot deny what go us here and expect to remain here.
Embracing our history, the good and the bad, allows us to retain the wisdom gained from it and make the future better. Disclaiming, and rejecting it leaves us vulnerable in our arrogance, without foundations for real progress and denies the truth that we need to teach future generations.
Charles Simpson is an internationally-known author, Bible teacher, and pastor, serving in ministry since 1955. He is also Editor-in-Chief of One-to-One Magazine and ministers extensively throughout the United States and the nations.