Doorway to Glory

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             Doorway to Glory
 

The surrender of our Confederate Armies in 1865 brought with it the occupation and subjugation of our people and nation, the Confederate States of America.  However a collective memory and a dream has persisted among true Confederates and Southerners of the Old South and the Confederacy.   Some among our numbers might even be found looking down the parade route hoping and praying that perhaps those long columns of men in gray might return in their lifetime.
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Therefore we are forever linked as a people, to those Confederate Warriors of the past, believing in the Divine Providence of Almighty God, that our prayers will be answered.   Sometime when the sun shines bright after it rains, at a time when the clouds have begun to give way to beautiful blue and a colorful rainbow stretches across the sky, take a closer look, for this is God’s signature written across the heavens.
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"I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for me a token of a covenant between me and the earth."  {Genenis 9:13}
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The topic before us today is the ‘Doorway to Glory’, which stands before every Confederate or Southerner if you like!  Our people once understood the concepts of Glory, Honor, Grace and Majesty, having once had them buried deep within their hearts, minds and spirits.  Our people once collectively understood these things, as exemplified by men such as Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, both Christian Confederate Warriors and men of honor.
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After attending a number of modern Conferences, Conventions, Protest and Parades, including a few Southern Balls, only once was that spirit present in so heavy a measure, you could cut it with a knife.  Once at a Southern Ball, it was as if the past, present and future had merged into the splendor, grace and majesty of the Old South and the Confederacy.  Those gentleman and ladies present at that time automatically took on the mannerisms so familiar to our forefathers and foremothers.
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The shortcoming of our modern Confederate Cause lay not so much in our different approaches, as it is in our failing to posses that former Glory, Honor, Grace and Majesty, which was once common among our people.  If we are to succeed, it will be necessary to once more reenter the ‘Doorway to Glory’ and receive unto ourselves that same mindset and spirit, which identified our forefathers and foremothers.  Once and a while, it is necessary to return to the fountain and the foundations from which we sprang!

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We live in a modern technological world, which often overshadows everything, even those things that defines us as a separate and distinct people; the gadgets which science has provided, we will always have with us.  However the most valued aspect of our lives outside of the Almighty God in Christ Jesus, the Holy Scripture and Prayer, as well as our families is the very thing, which we have left behind.  It is well past the time to return as it were for a respite and a regeneration of our souls and spirits.
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There is a ‘Doorway to Glory’ which is well depicted in the above picture of a rainbow, a rainbow, which is in effect God’s signature as well as a promise written across the sky, that we need only humble ourselves before him and ask.  That when any of us “Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” {Matthew 2:7-8}.
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If we are to achieve victory we must first truly desire victory and even then if it is not achieved with a mindset of Glory, Honor, Grace and Majesty, then it will be a hollow victory indeed, when it does come.   Technology alone cannot be allowed to become the central corps of our existence; there must be an overriding purpose to our lives, both as individuals and collectively as a people.  There are those who hold the view that the Old South and the Confederacy are in the past and should remain there.
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The truth is that we are forever identified with a moment frozen in time, a period of history the movie makers once called ‘Gone with the Wind’ and regretfully we have come to believe the rhetoric of the historical revisionists and the anti-Confederates.  We can however, have a modern society along with the Glory, Honor, Grace and Majesty of the Old South and the Confederacy.  We can transform them into the modern context of our times; thereby our people will be made whole once more.
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We are not preaching to the choir here, but providing both an invitation and a warning!  If we cannot reclaim that sense of spirit, soul and mind, which identified our forefathers and foremothers, then we have become little different then our occupation forces.  Our history, heritage, culture and nation, the Confederate States of America and indeed our faith, was born out of that same spirit, soul and mind, and thereby produced the honor, majesty, splendor and grace that was the Old South and the Confederacy.

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Deo Vindice

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"But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things." {Joel 2:20}
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