Looking ahead, we have a chance to experience change in our church, our church future, our community and in our lives. After over 2 years without a full time pastor, our pastor search committee is presenting a man of God for our vote this Sunday. Our interim pastor has been preparing our church, our hearts, and our church body for this change, though he has had no hand in the committee’s decision.
We have very little color in our church. Tradition tradition tradition. Cynthiana Baptist Church history talks about our members having servants and people of color belonging to members. BELONGING TO MEMBERS. Our pastor candidate is going to bring change. He is a black man from Nigeria. He is 7 feet tall in shoes. He is married to a white girl. While the deceased church members roll over in their graves, we (most of us under 50 years old and a few over) are excited. This man of God, who happens to be black, is awesome. He loves missions, is led by the Spirit, and seems to have no flaws. We wonder if we bring in a pool, can he walk across it.
Several people have said they don’t see him as black, emphasizing they fact that they are not racist. Feeling the need to tell people you are not racist, in my mind, seems odd. People, he is 7 feet tall and black. You can’t help but notice. Some have said they just don’t think it’s right that he’s married to a white girl and he is black. Why? They can’t give an answer other than, “I just don’t think it’s right.”
Our church is going to change this Sunday, one way or another, for the better or for the worse. A no vote is going to upset the younger generation (the church future) and a yes vote may upset the older folks (the church money) for whatever reasons, right or wrong. I think that there is going to be some “weeding” out within the church body. Sad, but it’s probably going to happen. We have been praying for the Spirit of God to speak to us Sunday morning and that His will is done, regardless of ours. Something that will be interesting is to see how members, who have not darkened the door for months or years, show up to vote. “Christians” are hard to figure out. Here is a website with some information on our candidate, Patrick Whyte.
On the adoption side of things, no news. We are looking for some fundraising ideas though. We need about $10,000 more and we’ll be about where we need to be financially. If you have any ideas, please let us know. In the mean time, pray and smile!