Message from Allen

A message from Allen:

June 19, 2020

When I was growing up, it seemed only Texans were aware that June 19 was a significant day.  Now, that has changed.  Today, the national news and the eyes of the nation are on our Island, where the Emancipation Proclamation was read aloud.

On June 19, 1865, a Union soldier, standing in our city, orally read President Lincoln’s declaration that slaves in the Confederate States were freed.

The reading was overdue.  President Lincoln wrote the document on September 22, 1862.

Many do not realize that the Emancipation Proclamation applied only to slaves in the Confederate States.  It did not apply to the Union States.  Later, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution ended slavery in all the United States.

We cherish being free.  The greatest freedom is spiritual in nature.  Jesus said:  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you freeJohn 8:32.

Tragically, many people are slaves to sin.  We call it “addiction,” but it is slavery! Don’t you know . . . you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? Romans 6:16 

The wonder of true freedom is enshrined in the words of an old spiritual made famous by Martin Luther King Jr. quoting them in his celebrated oration, “I Have A Dream” – “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” Jesus gives us that freedom.  It is the shout of every baptism!

Other Thoughts . . .

Happy Father’s Day!  Our custom is to make more of Mother’s Day than Father’s Day.  We give each female at church (regardless of age or marital status) a beautiful rose.  We have not started a similar tradition for men on Father’s Day. . . . Our dear friend and brother Tim Moeller told me several years ago, we should give each male a money clip on Father’s Day. . . .  My daughter, Carla, sent me a coffee cup which says: “When All Else Fails, Call Dad.” Fathers would not have it any other way. . . .

Wendy is celebrating her birthday in San Antonio. . . . Sara Campbell is back. While gone, she attended a church service that had resumed meeting.  Ask her about her experience.

Happy Summer Solstice this Saturday, marking the beginning of summer.  You may have thought it was summer already!