All this Talk about Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the founding membersBrandon Shields had put together a decent article regarding the history of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his life as a slave trader, soldier, Grand wizard of the KKK and his acceptance of Christ and like all men, Forrest’s life was flawed as well.

So do we need to honor men with special days. That is not up to us but politicians love to honor men and in that sense so does God.

The Lord provided to this state and at that time time in history, some of the finest men in the Kingdom. Special men whom we might follow.  These men, who weep with the hurting and equip the saints to walk by faith, who had humble hearts set on making others successful through their lives and with their acts.

Of course leadership has its challenges. It also has a way of draining godly men of their physical, emotional and spiritual vitality. The very moment they commit to whatever God’s call, the enemy loves to paint a target on their lives. However, faithful obedience in leading the lost to faith in Christ and in making disciples is the fuel that keeps them on mission.

“Receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.”

– Philippians 2:29–30

Let’s take Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson and then let’s agree, in the end, they were men of great faith, attempting to defend the Southern states of the Confederacy and great leaders who loved God.

So let us honor those who honor Christ and be done with it.

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