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Monday, January 19, 2009

A Christian Gentleman

On this day in 1807, Robert E. Lee was born. His legacy as a great tactician and a Godly man is remembered to this day. Over 200 years after the war, Lee's name remains (mostly) untarnished.
From the time he became the Confederate commander to this day, he has been a Godly example and inspiration for many young men like myself. I appreciate Lee's reconciliatory attitude toward the North. He refused to show bitterness even though he suffered so much.
But Lee's strength was also his greatest weakness. Raised in the chivalrous South, his presuppositions of war were drastically different than reality. He did not understand why the Yankees continually came back for more after suffering terrible defeats. Lee assumed that, as was the case in "gentleman's war", when one side was beaten, they acknowledged defeat, both parties shook hands and went their ways. He never realized the true reasons for the war until after he surrendered. At a meeting with former Southern leaders after the war, he said this to the former governor of Texas:

If I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen the results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand.

As we learn from the mistakes of our predecessors, this is one error we should never repeat. When we pick up the sword in defense of Christ's covenant, we do not sheathe it until the enemy is completely and utterly destroyed.

No quarter to the enemies of Christ's dominion over every area of life.

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Blogger Olivia said...

Indeed a gentlemen.

After reading your post about Lincoln and Obama, I found some more similarities. Both served only one term in Congress, both wrote bestselling books before their presidencies, and both were very young, Obama 47 and Lincoln 51 when they became President. Lincoln wrote a book called "A Team Of Rivals" (about his cabinet) which Obama is reading, other presidents who have read and used these strategies: FDR, JFK, Nixon and Clinton.

January 19, 2009 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment.

That's very interesting! As you probably know by now, Obama was sworn in on the Bible Lincoln took the oath on.

January 20, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Stephen G. said...

great post Stephen.

January 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM  

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