With all hope gone of avoiding General Grant’s enclosing army, some of General Lee’s officers besieged him with requests to break into guerilla-sized units and continue the struggle. President Jefferson Davis favored the idea. General Lee refused that chimera and surrendered his entire army to General Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, 9 April, 1865. The unsuccessful effort to dismember the Union of States into a Confederacy of competing, and ultimately splintering, states remained in the Southern consciousness as the Lost Cause, the emphasis being on Lost.
It could never be won on battlefields since Lee refused the requests to continue as a guerilla war. Even that effort would have been doomed through exhausting the resources of willing states and counties. The Civil War—mis-called War Between the States by embittered rebels—was over and could be revived and nurtured only in the psyches of unrepentant confederates as the Lost Cause
Which brings us to the subject of this series. The words Lost Cause never apply to Jesus and his Christianity; not to him, the Savior who saves; and not to Christianity, the embodiment of him in history through individual Christians. He and his Perfect FAITH remain in history as his Overcoming Spiritual Crusade. Nothing opposing him ever wins; nor can it ever exist as a noble experiment that history eventually dismissed as something good for its time but outgrown as society changes.
Einstein might say the Bible is nonsense, but he’s dead and, while his cause continues in the humanist, it will one day be—not merely LOST but DEMOLISHED. As will every cause but ONE PERISH in the fires at the end. End, Part I