“Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself a pillar which is in the King’s Valley, for he said, ‘I have no son to preserve my name.’ So he named the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day” (2 Samuel 18:18).
Treason and treachery are certainly not deserving of a monument. From a Kingdom perspective, however, every monument that has ever stood in human history are representations of fallible individuals from a particular period. They stand as stone testimonials of the brokenness of human rule; that the kingdoms of men are unjust and self-serving; that the pandemic ills prevailing upon us will not be cured by the likes of us—not the greatest among us nor the worst of us—but something, Someone, greater than us. As visual reminders, monuments have written in stone an unrelenting historical fact—man is not the answer to man’s problems. It requires a remedy from the One who knows us, our failures, our prejudices, our selfishness—the One who created us; the One who created a perfect environment (Eden) only to see its insufficiency with the presence of flawed humanity; the One who recognized that mankind’s only hope is a transformed heart. Without monuments we are destined to forget such things, and we remain in the delusional trap of believing we are answer to that which plagues us.