Church needs to reconcile
When I read the negative press concerning Rock Hill’s Flint Hill Baptist Church, it grieves my heart greatly. I served as pastor at Flint Hill for more than 20 years. And what a joy and a blessing it was to be a part of that church family.
I witnessed growth from 125 members to more than 700; there was spiritual maturity evident, as members of the congregation loved one another and engaged in outreach ministry to reach and serve the community. The church supported an after-school program, Christian After-school Training (CAST), and several elementary school principals recommended the program to parents.
The Flint Hill Community Adult Day Care Center had its beginning at Flint Hill Church. On and on I can list events, ministries, and programs that God blessed and used so that his love may be manifested. As I consider those bygone days – worship services in the morning and evening, Sunday school for all ages, church training on Sunday afternoons, the youth and senior adult ministries – I can’t believe from the media that this is the same Flint Hill.
“Get together for God’s sake!” I pray that you will return to your love. The word of God gives answers to any question or problem you may have. Jeremiah 23:1 warns us as pastors, “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord (KJV).” By all means read I Corinthians 6. Get together, Flint Hill! God has brought you through so much and has blessed you in many, many ways. He has so much more in store for you.
Give credit to religion
I just read a letter from Alfred Baker talking about prayer before government meetings. I take issue with his remark that a prayer should be silent or not said at all.
A true Christian should acknowledge that our government and country were founded on religious convictions and principles. and offer a solution that allows for a person to call upon God for guidance and help.
It does not have to be a “Christian” prayer but should be a statement that acknowledges the God-given moral and natural laws upon which our human laws are based. Our government leaders need to draw from those laws for wisdom to govern. And God is the source of those.
By telling me to be silent, Mr Baker is telling me to succumb to the political correctness that is corrupting our nation. Christians need to follow Mr. Baker's example of speaking out about his beliefs.
I admire him for that. I just don’t agree with him.