America At War
Dr. Ed Young
September 16, 2001
The first church I pastored was the First Baptist Church of Erwin, North Carolina. Not far from that little town in North Carolina is a historic Presbyterian church. In fact, it’s one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in America, it’s founding date prior to the Revolutionary War. The name of that church is the Barbeque Presbyterian Church. You just can’t get a better name than that! The pastor was a strict and pious young Presbyterian minister - seminary-trained, biblical, articulate, and legalistic.
One Sunday morning, with the rumblings of a coming revolution sweeping across the land, this young pastor prayed for the American colonies and those involved in planning the break from England. He also prayed for the King of England and those in leadership in Great Britain. Following the service, as he was walking down a path through the woods, some men militantly loyal to the Crown jumped out from the trees and grabbed the young clergyman. They wrestled him to the ground and put a musket to his head. As they did they said to him gruffly, “If you ever again pray for the colonies and for those who are planning the revolution against England, we will put a lead musket ball right in the middle of your skull!” The young pastor was shocked and afraid. When he returned to his home he talked with his wife and family. He called a meeting of the church elders and that very night in the service of worship, he resigned from the Barbecue Presbyterian Church. He explained to his congregation, “I do not plan on becoming a martyr. I am a husband and father. Therefore I can no longer stand in this pulpit.”
The next morning in the village of Lillington, North Carolina, which is close to this historic church, the young pastor was walking into the general store. As he was entering a woman who was a member of his congregation was coming out of the store. She was embroiled in an argument with the store’s own ...
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