Squad Five-O is a band from Savannah, Georgia that came out of the 1990’s Christian alternative music scene. The were Ska-Punk, then they were Glam-Punk, then they were Glam, and finally, they just ended up being Rock and Roll. Now that I’ve gotten the introduction out of the way, I would simply like to say that they were right. They had a song that they wrote about the Georgia State Flag of that day and it was entitled: “Our State Flag Sucks.” That, good people, pretty much sums it up.
This article is mostly for my Christian friends, but if you are not a Christian and inclined to read along, you are welcome to join us for this one. I’m not going to make any apologies for being a somewhat conservative Christian who grew up Southern Baptist but really found Jesus in the 90’s Christian Alternative music scene. I was there and along with most of my cohorts, I have got the tattoos and the theology to prove it. The reason that this is important is that I feel like a lot of the bands from that scene had and still have a prophetic voice, calling a challenge to the American Christianity of their day and echoing against whatever we are calling this mainstream, comfortable, prepackaged, and marketed Evangelical Christianity that allows folks like Joel Osteen, Stephen Furtick, and all the other members of the cult of personality to lead us over the cliff of actual relevance and into the abyss of navel-gazing, self-righteousness.
Here’s the thing: We Christians who grew up in the Southern United States have got to quit defending our Southern Heritage for two very important reasons. The first reason is that it has become an idol. The second reason is that it has allowed the rise of White National Socialism and a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. These are two things which we simply can’t abide.
Let me tackle the first point with a simple question. Do any of the Confederate memorials, flags, or markers have anything to do with furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ? I want you to really think that one through and if you somehow think that the Gospel and these things have something in common, you might be a member for the Christian Identity Movement. I’ll wait right here, you can go look that one up. Simply put, all of these monuments and statues are just a part of our modern southern history because they have always been there in our lifetimes. However, if you really dig into the history of some of these statues and monuments, you will find some really shady goings-on in relation to how they ever got there in the first place.
Now, on to the second point and this one is so easy to illustrate that I’ll cut-to-the-chase and make it quick and concise. WE HAVE GOT WHITE NATIONAL SOCIALISTS AND OTHER WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUPS MARCHING IN THE STREETS WITH TORCHES! That is not okay! I don’t care how much you disagree with the Antifa or Black Lives Matter movements and their tactics, when we have got Nazis marching in the streets, we have jumped the shark with our Southern Heritage.
If taking down every Confederate flag, monument, and marker is what it takes to keep white supremacists out of the streets and by extension causes one less incident like we had in Charlottesville, then let’s get to it. It seems to me that for those of us who are Christians and Southerners, that we need to apply some of the instruction of the Apostle Paul. Clearly, these monuments and such are stumbling blocks for so very many people, from so very many walks of life. They are clearly things that cause people to sin, as proven by last weekend’s actions.
Apparently, Georgia’s state flag isn’t the only thing that sucks.