Note From The Pastor- July 2017

Hey church,

A few weeks ago, Kenton and I went away for our 10th anniversary, which is coming up this month. Using a flying voucher we had been given, we flew to Boston, and spent most of our time in Acadia National Park in Maine. However while in Boston, we walked part of the Freedom Trail-the couple mile pathway of Revolutionary War historical sites in the city.

My favorite location wasn’t Paul Revere’s House or the Old North Church where the 2 lanterns were lit (though I loved learning that Charles Wesley had once  preached there!). It was what’s called the Old South Meeting House—a church that was the largest building in Boston at the time, and so it became the city’s meeting place. This is the place where Benjamin Franklin was baptized, where Samuel Adams and Phyllis Wheatley, the first African-American author, worshiped. John Hancock spoke here and George Washington visited.

The reason it became my favorite is because of its history of allowing differing opinions to have a voice. It’s been a place that has honored and fiercely defended free speech for centuries, where loyalists and revolutionaries held public debates and worshiped together. Where abolitionists and slaveholders debated and worshiped together. Where advocates of birth control and those who were against it debated and worshiped together.

What struck me most was that the folks who called Old South their church home were committed to attending even if they disagreed on all the major hot-button issues of their day. Church wasn’t a Sunday option, but a weekly commitment. You weren’t going to simply decide not to come one Sunday, even if what people were saying was something you greatly disagreed with.

And because the people were committed to weekly worship, worship actually grew them into better people. People who could listen to each other, respect one another, and still find common ground in the worship of their God together. Because for them, there was no other option. This allowed the church to lead the culture, rather than get sucked into mimicking the culture.

I liked the tangible reminder that there are churches that have made people better men and women, better children of God. And I liked that there was a church that was a protector of free speech, and that the church was stronger, and not weaker, for it. As I look forward to celebrating the 4th of July, I’m grateful for our country.

I’m grateful for the role the church has played in the development of our country. And I’m keenly aware that the only ones responsible for how that legacy continues are the ones who are in, and not in, the pews Sunday after Sunday.

Blessings,

Pastor Lindsay


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