The Irony of Monuments

Monuments honor those who have long passed from the scene. But monuments also pay tribute to our betrayal. In Christ’s day, when our voices could have made a difference, we shouted “crucify Him!” Then we later esteem Him by exalting, and even adorning ourselves with, the very cross on which we crucified Him! That’s the way we reward our heroes. We vilify them when they are alive. Then we build monuments for them with the very stones we used to stone them to death. “Woe to us hypocrites”(Matthew 23:29-36)! One day our eulogies will impeach us. The only evidence needed for our conviction are our tributes—the very monuments of wood and stone we erected to honor those we murdered.—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim

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