Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

April 30, 2010

The Church Tested — Part One

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

For the many years I have been in ministry, I have written weekly articles for the church newsletters.  I want to share one with you today.  I reprint it without any editing, except for the name of the church.

“Sunday morning our church received another member.  The young lady professed Jesus Christ as Saviour.  A multitude of people spoke to her and welcomed her into our fellowship.

This scene happens almost every week in our church.  Yet Sunday, by two in the afternoon, every person in town had heard of the new member.

We got excited and spread the news on this occasion because of one thing — the young lady is black.

Why ___________ Baptist Church?  It should be obvious to every person, ___________ Baptist Church has that unusual spirit that God uses.  Certainly no other church could have responded in such a Christian spirit.  Many things were tested Sunday morning — our doctrine, our real mission spirit, and perhaps most of all, who the church belongs to.

If this was man’s church, many would have said no.  But we proved that it was the Lord’s church, and that it is for all His children.

I rejoice in being the pastor of people who place personal attitudes aside, and let the spirit of Christ prevail.  When people love their church enough to forget self, that church can truly honor Christ.

With one accord, let us sing as we move into the future, ‘To God be the glory, great things He hath done.'”

Perhaps you wonder why I rejoiced over the attitude of the church. This was written over 40 years ago.  It was at a time when the Civil Rights Act of 1965 was being implemented.  Though change was occurring, it was happening slowly.  This was to be the first all-white church in that state to receive and baptize an African-American.

It will not be easy, but I want to tell you the whole story.  My purpose in sharing is for me to continue to examine my heart and convictions.  We must be confident in our convictions.  “Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”  (Psalm 26:2)  Perhaps it will help you also.  Tomorrow’s blog will give you the history preceding this letter.  The day after that, I will share the events that followed after the letter.

“I desire to do your will, O my God.”  (Psalm 40:8) 



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