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Union OR Confederate?
Author Frank Moore shared the following story in his book on Civil War anecdotes and illustrations: A traveler, passing through one of the counties of Tennessee on ...

Union or Confederate?

Author Frank Moore shared the following story in his book on Civil War anecdotes and illustrations:

A traveler, passing through one of the counties of Tennessee on horseback, stopped at a modest cottage on the roadside, and asked for shelter, as it was quite dark and raining. The “head of the family” came to the door, and accosted the traveler with—

“What do you want?”

“I want to stay all night,” was the reply.

“What are yer?”

This interrogatory was not fully understood by the traveler, and he asked an explanation. “I mean, what yer politics?” rejoined the former, “Air yer fur this Union, or agin it?” This was a poser, as the trave ler was not certain whether the “man of the house” was a Union man or a secessionist [Confederate], and he was anxious to “tie up” for the night; so he made up his mind and said, “My friend, I am for the Union.”

“Stranger, you kin kum in.”

The traveler had a choice to make. To admit he was a Confederate sympathizer might mean he would be rejected. To say he was for the Union could end in less than desirable circumstances. He chose to be true to who he was, and he found acceptance.

Paul was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, nor of who he was. God has made each of us with a unique personality. To be self-deprecating does not bring glory to God. He has created us in his image so we can carry out his plan like no one else can. Do not be ashamed of who you are if you’re a Christian. God has a great plan for your life that only you can fulfill.

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.

Romans 1:16


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