It’s been a couple weeks since I had a couple facebook debates about Andrew Jackson and the $20 bill. The United States Treasury decided to move President Jackson from the front of the $20 bill to the back and put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill. I support this action. I think our money is a canvas of our history and we have many stories that can be told that way. I would also like to see Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill, and JFK on the $10. However, my consternation and the root of the debates was the need to run President Jackson through the sewer in order to “justify” taking him off the front of the bill.
Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States. He founded the Democratic Party and was a staunch supporter of the common man. These are things to celebrate. He was also a slave owner, and oversaw the relocation of a number of Indian tribes causing great loss of life. These are things to remember and make sure they never happen again.
It is a truism that history is written by the victors. Man spends much of his time proving his own inhumanity, and as the victor, these inhuman actions are frequently ignored and forgotten. However the trend is now to measure historical figures not against their own time, but against the political correctness of today. This changes history, this changes the meaning and deprives us and future generations of the ability to learn the lessons, both good and bad, of those times. Revision for political purposes turns history into propaganda, and learning into indoctrination.
Take a look at scripture, in John 7:18, “Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” Isn’t God involved in all affairs of man? Why would we seek to change the story of what was written, but to glorify ourselves?
One of the two facebook debates I had turned ugly. A fellow Christian threw these words at me, “Just so we're clear! If you think it's ok to support and revere Andrew Jackson, you don't know Jesus, and you may as well be a nazi!” And this, “Look you go on pretending to be a Christian and dragging Jesus name through the mud dude. What an embarrassment! Total fake! You don't have a clue who Jesus is! There's no way! its impossible! Your fruit is war and hate!” At the end of that last sentence I asked him if he was done and he unfriended me. I have not reached out to him, but I forgive him and pray that he finds the love of Christ and understands that we are IN this world, not OF this world.
During this time of oppression and denial, we as Christians, need to keep an extra helping of grace available to use. I could of handled that discussion better, but I don’t think it would have ended any differently. Let me ask this question, are you a Christian if you only support the aspects of Christ that appeal to your particular political leaning? And as a second question, haven’t we all been guilty of that at least at some point?
The bible says we will be cursed to remove or add words. By denying or ignoring parts of the scripture we are trying to impose our own will on the word of God. That is dangerous indeed.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and forgiveness. I ask You to forgive me when I have not believed the full body of scripture. Forgive me for when I wanted to change Your word or Your intent to fit my own desires. Help me know You and Your word as they are. I want to know You better, and I want to be able to share Your love and freedom with my fellow man. Holy Spirit use me to help others know You better. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.