History Revisionists are alive and well. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just Google it. You'll find that they are "scholars" that write about history in such a way that it fulfills the agenda that they support. I really hope I'm not one of these guys.
I'm driving my son to the Doctor today and he asks me to tell him a story about war. After a few seconds, I decided to introduce him to the Civil War. So, for the next ten minutes, I gave him a complete rundown on the entire Civil War from start to finish. I started at Fort Sumpter and ended at Appomattox.
He sat there silent as I spoke of battles, bravery, and a final surrender in which Grant allowed Lee to keep his sword. After I had given what I thought was probably the greatest cliff notes version of the Civil War, my little boy asked me a simple question....
"Why what?" I asked.
"Why did Americans fight each other in the Civil War?"
That's when it hit me. I was now faced with explaining something that has been under politically correct scrutiny for years. But I'm not debating with an adult, this time I'm teaching a young mind that is being sculpted by God, Marci and I and we are molding it into what he will become in the future. I didn't want to be a history revisionist so I told him what I believed, in a manner that I hoped he could understand. I told him this:
The people down South were mad because the people up North weren't paying them enough for their goods. The Southerners started sending their stuff to Europe which made the North mad, and then the North decided to abolish slavery but the South didn't, so the next thing you know the Southern States start to secede from the Union...
Now he was really confused.
There are so many different arguments about the cause of the Civil War. I've heard it was a "War Against Slavery" and I've also heard it was a "War for States Rights". Today, we see it in the news as we fight in far off places in the "War against Terror" or as some call it, "War for Oil". Each have valid arguments, but neither seem to be able to prove they are the number one, root cause of the conflict.
So what about the end of times? You know, the stuff in Revelations that everyone seems to have a different interpretation of. There are Pre-Millenialists that believe there's going to be a rapture, the Antichrist, 666 on your forehead, a huge battle called Armageddon, and then judgement. There are the Post-Millenialists that believe things are going to get better and better and then Jesus will come. And last there are the Amillenialists that believe the battle of Armageddon has been going on for some time in the spiritual realm between good and evil, Jesus will come back, judgement will occur and the earth will burn up and eternity begins. All can be argued to a standstill, except maybe Post-Millenialism that was blown out of the water when World War II, 9/11, and all the other tragedies have occurred to show that things really aren't getting any better.
I've decided that I am Pan-Millenial when it comes to the end of times. If you've never heard of this belief, it's not new but actually old. I know that the prophecy written in Revelations cannot be interpreted by me so I've resigned myself to the fact that everything is going to Pan Out in the future because we know that we really do win in the end!