There is a horror to what humans can do to each other. I mentioned this the other day when I brought up the school girls in Nigeria. Two hundred school girls kidnapped by Islamist militants. Now trending at #bringbackourgirls on social media I wonder what the reaction would be today to what happened in our own Civil war on this date.
On May 12, 1864 our nation experienced another of its defining moments. Close-range action and hand-to-hand combat at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, resulted in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. It occurred right after another horrific battle known as the Battle of the Wilderness just six days earlier. Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee were now moving Union and Confederate forces to the south. The Confederates constructed a five-mile long system of entrenchments at this new location in an inverted U.
Near the top of the inverted U entrenchments, which became known as the “Bloody Angle,” the dead lay five deep after the battle, and bodies had to be moved from the trenches to make room for the living. The fighting around Spotsylvania shocked even the veterans of both Lee’s and Grant’s army. Yet, the brother against brother fight went on for nearly a year after this. Don’t you wonder if social media would have affected the fighting? We know that the pictures of Matthew Brady and the other Civil War photographers greatly influenced public opinion.
Many of these people were Christians fighting Christians. Yet, the brutality of humans seems to have no limits. Whether it is an Islamist terrorist, who does not believe in educating young girls in Nigeria, or Christian soldiers who want to keep a way of life that enslaves other people. Historically separated but not psychologically disconnected. We must do more than denounce violence or be appalled by terrorism. We need to pray for peace as a way of life. We must root out hatred and prejudice. Violence breeds violence – words matter – and actions matter.
Faith that embraces the Golden Rule is rooted in every belief system on the planet. I believe that God has planted this in the human heart and we must embrace it. #goldenrule should be a new social media hashtag that turns the world upside down with love of doing toward others as you would have them do unto you. As Jesus said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
Vol 4 #43