“Remember the Alamo!”…that’s what they say anyway. Sitting here in the San Antonio Hyatt it’s kind of hard to forget the Alamo, since it’s right out my widow. What is it that we should remember about the Alamo anyway? I do remember being here at the Alamo about 30 years ago and I remember from Peewee Herman that the Alamo has no basement, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what they mean.
For Davy Crockett and Sam Houston, the Alamo was a disaster. That was over 170 years ago, but for some reason we still want to remember it. There have been many disasters since then: How about Custer’s Last Stand, the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam and of course who can forget 9/11. We remember these and more. Why? Are we a morbid people who just like to remember “train wrecks” or is there something more?
I think it was George Santayana who said “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If only Hitler had remembered Waterloo we might be living in a much different world today. So, it must be a good thing that we do remember these tragic events so that we can learn from them. Nevertheless, there are definitely some “indiscretions” in my past I would like to forget about. Unfortunately, my friends and family already know about them and consequently, I cannot erase them from the past.
Paul the Apostle had some of those “indiscretions” too. He was talking about sin in the Bible when he said: “I am the chief” (of all sinners). When I first read that I thought, if that’s true, then who could ever be a good person and go to heaven? The answer, of course, is, nobody. So, why was Paul not condemned and what if anything, can be done to save us from condemnation?
God said that if you believe that Jesus died to cover your sins, then: “…I will be merciful to their (your) unrighteousness, and their (your) sins [b]and their (your) lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Heb 8:12).
So, bottom line is: You and God both remember the Alamo, but only you remember your sins because when He looks at you, He only sees Jesus and all else is cast as far as the East is from the West. Your sins are no more.
San Antonio, 2018
Words of encouragement from the leadership at Calvary North.