Several years ago, a friend said to me, “Because, after all, the South should have won.”
Astounded, I probably stood there with my mouth hanging open.
Somehow the subject of the American Civil War came up, and her statement was so far from anything I had ever heard or been taught, I couldn’t say anything in reply. I don’t tink she intended to shock me; it was something she had been taught and believed. And, the way she said it, she was of the assumption, I felt that way, too.
I grew up near Charleston, WV. In fact, I went to school in Charleston from the first grade until the fifth. Charleston has a large population of people who are black. My fifth grade teacher was black. Many of my friends were black. My TVI, teacher for the visually impaired who worked with me on braille and other blindess related topics is Jewish. Freedom for all was what had been instilled in me, and from the limited education on states’ rights that I had, I new that the old South did not agree about all people being free.
Let’s get something straight before I go on. My friend was not saying that only whites had a right to be free.
Still, her words made me think, which is what good friends are good at. 🙂 I began to ask myself, why would a person think the South should have won?
I read about the old South, read articles about states’ rights, slavery, and even watched an American history course from Yale on Youtube. I took notes, read my Bible, prayed and probably talked about it too much to my kids. LOL
Then, one day, a character popped into my head. He was one of the heros of a story, a slave owner from the South who lay sick in a Union held hospital, and he was asking his Yankee friend, “Rob, where is Jesus?”
“His Yankee Wife: was a hard book to write. I remember typing away at a scene and crying, because one of the hero’s friends was killed while saving his life.
Here is the back cover info:
Battle scarred in body and soul, Rae Wilkins comes home to keep a promise to her best friend, despite her hometown’s long memory concerning her past mistakes. Discovering a book written about her ancestors who fought in the Civil War Rae reads about Rachel, a Yankee left behind in the South when her husband enlists in the Union Army. Struggling to understand her place in God’s kingdom, Rachel’s faith and loyalty are put to the test when she follows her husband to the battlefield. Caught between the sins of the past and the hope of the future, Rae and Rachel must draw their own battle lines and learn the true meaning of forgiveness.
To read the first chapter of that book for free, go to my website
I explored other themes of freedom in my book, “You Belong to Me”.
Here’s what that book is about:
She bought him to work her farm. His obedience taught her to be free. On route to Virginia to answer God’s call to preach, Gabriel Mackenzie is captured by pirates and sold as an indentured servant. Grieving the loss of her family, Mercy Wakefield is not looking for romance; just a strong back and two good hands to work her farm. But, Gabriel’s claims of being taken against his will and his kind manners and good looks chip away at her resolve, and she begins to care about him. With a jealous neighbor wanting Mercy for himself, and one of Gabriel’s captors trying to get rid of him, it will take relying on God’s strength rather than their own to loose the chains of hopelessness and forge a bond which no man can put asunder.
In the early days of America, black folks were not the only slaves. Many poor whites were in bondage, as well.
What is true freedom, though? Is it living in America? Is it being an American citizen? Do folks in Britain consider themselves to be free? What about people who are born and raised in other countries, such as China, Russia, Australia or Germany? Do they consider themselves to be free?
Are you free?
Everyone’s definition of freedom seems to differ. However, there is one definition that applies to all peoples everywhere, no matter their color or nationality, and it is simply this:
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 King James version.
“So if the Son frees you, you will really be free!“ Complete Jewish Bible
Either way you translate it, real freedom comes through the Son of God, the Messiah.
To be a follower of Christ means you live and serve in a kingdom not of this world. Of course, we are in the world, just not of it. We seek a city not made by human hands, a world to come, inwhich all are free.
To the men and women who have served in the cause for freedom, and to those who are currently putting their life on the line for freedom, I thank you and ask God to bless you. May this Veteran’s Day find you seeking peace with the only one who can give true peace.
I’ll leave you with this song. 🙂