Our Votive Stones

 19 October 2023, Anno Domini, Anglican Orthodox Worldwide Communion

 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. 20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. 21 And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? 22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. 23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: 24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.  (Joshua 4:19-24; all scripture quoted is from the KJV)


A few months ago while visiting in a local hospital, I met a very personable young nurse with whom I had an interesting discussion on the demise of American historic monuments in America. I was stunned when she asked, ‘Why should we care about those monuments of the past – we don’t even know anything about them, so why be concerned that they are being removed?’ That revealed a level of naivete that was shocking and disturbing to me. She was being perfectly sincere about her comment. “We don’t even know anything about them” – that comment revealed a gross failure in the education system in America and the neglect of parents as well. This young lady did not realize the importance of remembering our nation’s history[1] by those who planned and executed that history.

The first imperative of every totalitarian power is to erase the institutional memory of the citizens whom they are attempting to reduce to bondage and serfdom. Recent memory recalls the destruction of monuments by ISIS in the Levant. The Communist of China, Russia, and other regimes have taken identical steps as those of ISIS because their philosophy of totalitarian dominance is identical to that of the radical Muslims around the world.

Why do we have monuments to great figures such as Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and others; and why military posts in the South named after former Confederate Generals? Following the most bloody war in America’s history – one which pitted brother against brother – there were deep feelings of discontent that prevented the Spirit of America’s past from ruling in the hearts of many people, especially those of the South who had endured harsh treatment of the Federal government program falsely called ‘Reconstruction.’

It was a time of oppression and corrupt manipulation of the powers of government. Following that period, men of distinction in the Federal government desired to reunite the nation under one flag and spirit. They decided to issue stamps and coins commemorating the men whom the South regarded as their own statesmen and heroes. Monuments went up across the nation to the memory of those figures as well as those of the North. It was a magnanimous move of the Federal government in naming military posts in the South after important figures thereof, and an attempt to heal old wounds and reunite the nation.

The monuments destruction and renaming of military posts in the nation today is not intended to heal any wounds, or to unite the nation. Its intent is just the opposite. It emerges from those of Marxist intent upon the dividing of the nation and re-opening old wounds. Critical Race Theory and the BLM are only two of the arms of that divisive approach. Our children are no longer being educated but rather indoctrinated. I receive regular reports from my church members who are in colleges and universities today of the depraved LGBT policies being forced on them in classes of those institutions. They are forced to answer multiple choice question that do not provide any ability to provide an answer that denies the virtues of such depravity.

The ultimate goal is not only to divide, but to destroy the moral virtue of the nation. The modern attacks on traditional marriage are taken directly from the Communist Manifesto of Karl Marx of 1848. There is, and was, a specter haunting Europe and the West, and that specter is the depravity of totalitarian Communism. Our youth are being forced into a belief system in which there is no God or moral restraint. It is high time the Churches of America return to the sound Doctrine of the Holy Scriptures and to call upon the people of America for repentance and moral responsibility in the exercise of our Constitutional rights and privileges.

 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” 7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! (Matthew 18:6-7)

In Christ Alone during Season of TRINITY,

[1] Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.  – George Santayana.  History is what actually happened, not what is said to have happened. – Hap Arnold

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