Russell and Duenes

The “Right Side of History”

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Someone recently intimated that those who are pro-gay “marriage” will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are on “the right side of history.” We sometimes hear this talk of being “vindicated by history” or “siding with history.” But what does this really mean? Does “history” have a right side? Would someone who promoted racial oppression and cultural genocide in the name of “manifest destiny” be on “the right side of history?” And so what if he was? Do historical trends determine what’s right and wrong? And how long must one wait to find out which side history “vindicates?” Does a scientific, social, or spiritual belief that dominates a culture for, say, 200 years get to tab itself as “vindicated by history?” Is history evolving toward something, and is that something “better” than what we’ve got right now? And who would determine such a thing?

When once one has lost a divine reference point for right and wrong on moral and spiritual issues, appeals to vague notions of “history” are all that remain in terms of moral suasion. And more specifically, people who tell others to “get on the right side of history” are generally intent on using this as a cudgel with which to bludgeon into submission those who disagree with them. Yet “history” is not this amorphous entity that will vindicate or condemn people. Rather, personal and cultural vindication or condemnation must come from a personal Judge, who has the power to see our central commitments and trusts. History will merely show the wisdom of those who have submitted themselves – their dreams, aspirations, pursuits, vocations, avocations, relationships, and reasonings – to the one and only Author, Sustainer, and Master of history: the Lord Jesus Christ.



Written by Michael Duenes

March 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Posted in Duenes, History

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