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‘Neither Slave nor Free’
November 26, 2006, 8:56 pm
Filed under: School Papers

One Sunday morning in 1865, a black man entered a fashionable Episcopalian church in Richmond, Virginia. When Communion was served, he walked down the aisle and knelt at the altar. A rustle of resentment swept through the congregation. Episcopalians use the common cup. Then a distinguished layman stood up, stepped forward, and knelt beside the black man. It was Robert E. Lee. He said to the congregation, “All [Christians] are brothers in Christ. Have we not one Father?” Humbly, the congregation followed his lead.

Robert E. Lee is to be praised for his kindness to the black Christian. Robert E. Lee was a career U.S. Army officer and the most celebrated general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. He also fought in the Mexican War with distinction and served as superintendent at West Point in his lifetime.

Here, Lee shows us that, no matter what race a person is, we are all the same in Christ. All Christians are equal in Christ, for everyone was made in God’s own image. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). We Christians need to remember that, lest we be tempted to judge others by their outward appearance.

Just as the colorblind dog does not care about the color or race of a person, but treats all races with equal loyalty and affection, so we should act. Christians should be “colorblind” and look at the heart.

Don Haskins, coach of the Texas Western basketball team, didn’t care about race. In a time when black players were unheard of, he mixed his team and won the NCAA championship.

On the battlefield, in church, or anywhere else, Robert E. Lee did not look at race, but at the heart. We should follow his example and in so doing, treat all races with equal kindness and respect, so that our lives may be found pleasing to Christ.


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Good bit of writing, Lincoln.

Comment by Michael R. Shipma

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