Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

July 24, 2010

Rebel till the Resurrection

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

I am a true son of the south.  Oh, I am not one to rehash the Civil War.  That is a period of our history that does not need to be re-fought.  Yet, there are those who continue to fan such fury.  I am appalled at so many web sites by groups that want to establish a confederacy of old.  It is embarrassing to see such promotions and commentaries.

There are popular songs about the south rising again.  I remember the song as well as the shouts, “Save your Confederate Money, Boys, The South is Gonna’ Rise Again!”  Hopefully, the only truth to that would be in the area of industry and economic development!

But some are true diehards!  Some go to their grave believing in the Confederacy and the southern cause.  I have a great, great, great uncle who did just that!  He went to his grave with an unspoiled commitment to the Confederacy.

If you walk through the cemetary where he is buried, you will find that the burials are typical of most cemeteries.  As you know, those buried are facing east.  This is the custom as a sign of hope in the coming resurrection day of Christ.  It is based on Matthew 24:27, “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”  The thought is that believers will be facing Him as He arrives.

My ancestor seemed to have a commitment more to the Confederacy than to the meeting of Christ upon His return.  As you walk through this particular cemetery, suddenly there is some confusion.  All the graves are laid out in rows, and facing east,  but there is one turned the wrong direction!  Yes, it is my ancestor!  He is facing south!  Now that is what I call a commitment to a cause!

I am glad that I did not inherit such a commitment.  My commitment to the south, and to the nation, is exceeded by a commitment to Christ himself.  It is easy to get caught up in a cause —  a temporary cause that will not last though eternity!  Causes can be just and appropriate, at times, for us to give energy and commitment.  However, such a cause must never become the priority of our life!

“No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  (Matthew 6:24)



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