To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Just a Question

"We thought it was part of a drama skit ... "

That is a quote from one of member of First Baptist Maryville after a gunman shot and killed their pastor during the 8 am worship service this morning. I cannot begin to comprehend the grief and confusion the congregation must be feeling. As a pastor's wife I cannot fathom what Pastor Fred Winters' wife must be going through. My deepest sympathy and condolences are with them all and I pray that the One True Comforter will be present in their time of need.

I don't know what kind of church First Baptist is...and my question is really directed to the Church universal...or, more aptly the Church western.

What have we done to the Gospel message that the response to a shooting during the worship service could possibly be misconstrued as part of a skit?


Donna said...

It comes from the body trying to make the Gospel "relative" to the world so the fast paced, t.v in your face, cell phone, text messaging folks can "understand" it. We have gone to far. Pastor Rob was correct when he said that the Gospel does not need to be propped up.