This past week we were all shocked with news from First Baptist Church Crystal Springs, Mississippi. So much horrible news about Mississippi has crossed the pages of history. Truly horrible things did take place in this great state. It has taken years and years to heal much of this.
In the blink of an eye, a small group of spiritually blind people cajoled and coerced a pastor to deny an apparently godly couple the right to have a Christian wedding in that church. I pity the pastor. He has been excoriated and denounced ever since the news broke. His feeble attempt to be a peacekeeper has now produced a backlash of tsunami proportions.
To be sure, I believe the pastor thought he was doing what was best for all involved. There comes a time, however, when a pastor must take a stand. When a church member or members make a choice that violates biblical principles, the pastor must always, always side with the Bible. It is unpopular to do so. It can be divisive. It can be painful. It can be costly. But Christ-followers must always be light and salt, especially when faced with such unsavory opinions by spiritually ignorant people.
I choose to pray for FBC, Crystal Springs, Mississippi. I choose also to pray for the pastor. And I choose to pray for the heartbroken couple. Let's not forget that poor community who now finds itself in the national spotlight.
And, as a native of that great state, please forgive us for such a tragic decision.