Alexandria Church Set to Remove Reference to George Washington
An historic Alexandria church in Virginia, Christ Church, once attended by both George Washington and Robert E Lee, is removing all reference to these figures. They’re attempting to make their church “more welcoming.” Their actions will do the exact opposite – they think that removing our first President from the building will make the controversy go away and more people will come.
It accomplishes the exact opposite- it gives power to people who desire to take down the nation. By allowing them to dictate what the church does, they actually become subservient to man rather than to God whom they claim to worship.
What they have failed to recognize is that we are living in a time when controversy is rampant – standing up for what we believe in is more important than trying to placate those who are so offended by everything that they cannot function in life without destroying the history of the United States. Removing the plaques will not remove the controversy, nor will it help their congregation grow.
If they want more people, perhaps they need to be more loving, rather than play into the contrived controversies of the day.
“Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.” Proverbs 22:28
President George Washington was a FOUNDING member of the church. He purchased pew #5 in 1773 and attended Christ Church in Alexandria for a good 20 years. General Robert E. Lee also attended the church.
The Washington Times reported,
While acknowledging “friction” over the decision, the church’s leadership said the twin memorials, which are attached to the wall on either side of the altar, are relics of another era and have no business in a church that proclaims its motto as “All are welcome — no exceptions.”
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques,” the church leaders said.
History is not a “relic” – it is the foundation of a nation, the instruction for the future. Maybe those who “feel uncomfortable” because of a plaque need to stop manipulating others to get their way.
“Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged.” Abraham Lincoln, regarding the Civil War 1861-1865