MY HERO, GENERAL ROBERT EDWARD LEE
Reprinted with permission from Christian Times Magazine Issue 10 | September 2017
By Special Contributor Charles Lingerfelt
Recently, I appeared before a Dallas, Texas City Council meeting and spoke on the Confederate monuments and statues that are located here in our city, and many other cities across the South and the Northern states in America. I was given three minutes of time with which to speak. I took my time and carefully spoke on the subject, “Leave the Monuments Alone!” It is a subject that is near and dear to my heart because my Great-great grandfather, Jacob Lingerfelt, fought in the Civil War and was a corporal in the Southern army.
I was born in East Tennessee near Knoxville, raised and educated there, being taught in good public schools by excellent teachers, and taught spiritually by my parents and grandparents, as well. I excelled in reading, writing, arithmetic, and other subjects in elementary school.
Today, he remains a “hero” in the eyes of many – including mine, for his great military genius and skills, for his exceptional leadership and for his unwavering integrity as a Christian and as a human being. There are many across the land today who are illiterate and uneducated as to the goodness and greatness of this great leader and general. Many revolutionaries are seeking to remove his statue from the face of the earth. I abhor the fact that they are seeking to remove a part of our history and forever change, at least in the minds of some, the degree of love, care and historical interest that future generations may develop because of great leaders like Robert E. Lee, who have pressed on before us and led the way toward making
America as great as she is. Monuments of great leaders may be removed from the face of the earth, but those of us who study our history and great Christian patterns of our past will never forget who we are as a people, and will never erase from our minds the goodness of history from our past and what it means to us today. We will “carry-on” because we have established In our minds good patterns for ourselves and our posterity. And we shall continue to pass this integrity on to our children, and our children’s children! May God continue to bless this great nation of ours, the United States of America; and we pray that He will continue to “raise up” great men and military leaders like General Robert E. Lee.