The cry in the midst of an American cultural war, when tearing down historical monuments is vogue, has been to preserve our history?
Herein lies OUR HISTORY. In 1937, JP McBeth wrote these words in his commentary on Romans (8:22):
“Creation is faulty from the ruins of man. Man has defiled whatever he has touched. Man’s sin put thorns on the roses.
HISTORY is but the sin of the nations and the record of the ruins of man. HISTORY is little more than a war record.
CRUMBLING CITIES ARE THE MONUMENTS OF MAN’S HANDS. Wherever man has labored there are seen the heaps of ruins in his memory. There is nothing so pure on earth but that it has been polluted by man’s corruption.
Soon after [man] saw the morning light of creation, midnight darkness terrified the fallen souls. And those who [should have] graced the beautiful garden [of Eden] became homeless, murdered and murderer, and vagabond in the earth; and sorrow and sin began to multiply exceedingly.￼￼” This is our HISTORY AS MAN
McBeth explains our hope for the future (8:24):
“BUT LET NONE DESPAIR, for hope is in the very nature of our salvation – we were saved in hope. We were not saved upon the grounds of what we could see but in faith [in Christ] as we trusted the word of God. We are saved in hope, the saved are sustained by hope and they are living for hope.”￼￼
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. – Jesus
[Compiler’s emphasis noted in CAPS]