Honour thy Ancestors with your Actions

From little up, I have been trained to honour the memory of my ancestors. Many of them were Confederate soldiers. One of them even rode with the warrior Nathan Bedford Forrest. I have been to the battlefields where they fought and I have stood on that same hallowed ground where they bravely overcame immeasurable odds. These experiences are dear to me and if I might say- empowering. Without knowing who we are and where we came from, how can we know where we are going?

Today, I attended a Confederate Memorial Day service in the beautiful Greenwood Cemetery deep in the heart of Orlando Florida.

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Many great speeches were given about our ancestors’ struggles and victories. As usual, the master of ceremonies led us in the pledge of allegiance to the United States (which I most visibly declined in participating in). He also led us in the open-handed salute to the Confederate Flag which I audibly and visibly pledged allegiance to.

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Proverbs 22:28 tells us to…

 “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”

I’ve often heard this used in reference to honouring our forefather’s tombstones. Certainly this is good advice and I follow it. However, another translation offers a different interpretation. The Young’s Literal Translation, which I recommend using, says:

“Remove not a border of olden times, That thy fathers have made.”

As we memorialize our Confederate ancestors this month, I think it is important to recognize that they were fighting for something entirely different than we have today. They purposefully set different borders; These borders were set to divide two different cultures and peoples. Today, we are taught that we are all “Ammuricans” now. Nothing could be further from the truth.

If our ancestors were living today, I believe they would be appalled at not only the devolution of their culture; they would also be disgusted that their ancestors would pledge allegiance to the very Beast that was trying to devour their progeny. If our ancestors tried to peacefully leave the tyrannical federal government of the 1860’s, don’t you believe that they would be doing everything in their power to get as far away from the “federal government” of the new millennium? I certainly do.

Yes, it is very important to honour the memory of our ancestors. To me the best possible way to honour my ancestors are to not only continue with the Cause that was commenced by them, but to complete that struggle. I will continue to serve my people and to fight for their Independence. I will fight like they did to free our people from the confines of a sullied and oppressive system. I will also teach my children to do the same.

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When I arrive in Heaven and am re-united with my ancestors, I want to be able to tell them that…

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.”  2 Timothy 4:7

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