Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

August 31, 2012

The Power of Unity

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

People living out their convictions can make a difference . . . whether we speak of local issues, national politics, or church.  I share a brief illustration of the truth of that statement.

When I directed Baptist work in the panhandle of Florida, there was a unity that others acknowledged even when we had not realized the impact of our commitment.  During those years, Pensacola had its first professional hockey team.  They had an exceptional year their first year!  In fact, they made the playoffs.  Game number three in the playoffs was to be played in Pensacola on a Wednesday night.

The Director of Communications, Paul Kahalley, paid an extreme compliment to the Baptist of Escambia County.  He arranged with the Richmond team to skip Wednesday night and play the game on Thursday.

Kahalley explained it this way to the Richmond, Virginia Times-Dispatch:  “We have a high concentration of Baptist in this area.  Wednesday night is church night for them.  We didn’t know that when we first came down here, and we got a lot of complaints about Wednesday night games.  We realize they will not attend the playoff game on Wednesday.  We don’t want to compete with God.  If we do, we will lose.”

The game night was changed.  Even without demonstrations, the silent power of people united and living out their convictions impacts society.  There is a lesson here for the power Christians can have in their local communities . . . the state, and even the nation!  What will it take for us to harness this power and make a difference!

Being salt and light does make a difference!

“You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? . . . You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”  (Matthew 5:13-14)




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