Is It Wrong to Display a Picture of Robert E. Lee?

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Below is the latest “Questions and Ethics” query. Help me answer this question by telling me your thoughts in the comments. I’ll weigh in later. And remember to send me your real-life ethical dilemma to [email protected]

Dear Dr. Moore,

I’m a young minister in Texas, and a faithful reader of your stuff. Here’s my problem. In my home, I have on the wall a painting of General Robert E. Lee. Underneath is his quote on the definition of a gentleman. A close Christian brother and I have been in a kind of an intense debate about it.

My friend agrees with me that General Lee actually personally condemned slavery. But he thinks history’s representation of Lee (fighting for the Confederacy with all the accompanying issues of human slavery) could make my display of this painting a stumbling block to the cross, citing Paul’s letters to the Corinthians.

What do you think?

Not a Neo-Confederate

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.