Shame, shame on you, congregation of First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi!
Members of the church, who just happen to have black skin, wanted to be married. In their own church. And a few bad apples, who just happen to have white skin, pitched a fit – threatened to fire the pastor if he married them-because there had never been a “black” wedding in their 129 year old church.
News flash, First Baptist Church. It’s 2012. Prohibiting marriage because of skin color is old, old, even ancient, news. We’ve moved on to the gay marriage debate. Get with the program!
To my great relief, “the vast majority of Crystal Springs residents, blacks and whites alike, were “blown away” by the church’s decision.” (There is a God.)
But to my great embarassment, we made international news. (A God with a wry sense of humor and an obvious lesson in humility.)
The venue chosen. Invitations printed. RSVPs received. And then, the day before the big event?
Outrage from a few bad apples.
To avoid marring their special day (and save his job), the pastor found another church so that the wedding may proceed.
Considering the outrage from local citizens and other church members, how about rallying around this couple and their guests, overshadow the few bad apples and allow the wedding to take place?
Just a thought.
It’s sad. It’s pathetic. And I apologize to my husband for not believing him when he told me about this story. (Yes, I admit it. I really was Googling it because I didn’t believe you. It wasn’t research for a blog post like I said.)
On this beautiful Sunday morn, whatever your beliefs, please say a prayer and/or send loving thoughts to the Crystal Springs couple, their family, their congregation and those few bad apples.
Not because it’s the Christian thing to do.
Because it’s the RIGHT thing to do.