After working and traveling across most of Asia and several countries of Africa, I returned to Augusta nearly six months ago. During this time, I've had the privilege to play golf at some of the most exclusive clubs in and around Augusta. Also, I've attended many assemblies (churches) and met with ministers and leaders. As a result of these outings over the past six months, I came to realize why Augusta is somewhat stagnant.
First, most civic leaders from places such as West Lake and the country clubs are left out of the decision-making process. In addition to what their constituents are saying, our appointed leaders should be talking with civic leaders in Augusta because they are the movers and shakers.
Jesus gave very emphatic instructions to the disciples: He told them to go and preach the kingdom's message; especially to the poor, the fatherless and widows: The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Loose those captives of the devil. Heal the sick. And tell his message to those who will listen.
But at no time while visiting churches did I hear anyone preach, teach or expound on these instructions. However, I did hear local sermons based on the philosophies of men.
Isn't this the very thing that Jesus and his disciples warned us not to do?
The Rev. Dr. Wesley Ellis, Hephzibah