The Civil War, in all of its ridiculous idiocy, is a powerful example of the meaning of an individual being caught up in something bigger, more important, than individual survival or comfort or pleasure.
The kingdom of God, and the non-violence which is essential in its expansion, does not take a central place until we as individuals commit to being caught up in something larger, more important, than individual survival or comfort or pleasure.
Confession: I still feel a sense of admiration for the courage and valor of Generals Stonewall Jackson and Lee and their men, and on the other side, the 20th Maine Regiment shown on Little Round Top at Gettysburg. I am convinced my sense of admiration is my depraved, rebellious self still to be redeemed by God.
Just some reflections I had while watching Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary in History Class today.