Pastor Charles Morgan
If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them, and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise…Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love I would only be making noise.” First Corinthians 13:2 (LAB) Rodney King uttered the words in our title as a plea for sanity as Los Angeles experienced a racial holocaust over a Grand Jury verdict exonerating Simi Valley police officers in 1991. Over this last month, as a Pastor in the Church of God In Christ, I have done much reflection on the exchanges between Evangelist Dr. Earl Carter and Presiding Bishop regarding the message on Saturday night of our 2014 Convocation. Other voices have joined in the conversation. To our dismay the wrong message went viral across social media and many of us are bearing the brunt of embarrassment and mockery in the public square.
First of all I unequivocally love the Church of God in Christ! There is no other Church in the world in which I would rather serve and I am Godly proud of its leadership. Whatever I state is in no way intended to be disrespectful to the leadership of the great legacy of Charles Harrison Mason. We are all capable of making errors of judgment. Paul lets us know in Gal. 2:11-21 that he openly confronted the leadership of the first century Church when they were clearly at fault. He writes in v. 11 “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.” And further, Luke makes us aware of a conflict between Paul and Barnabas that he describes in Acts 15:39-41, saying “the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus…v.40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, …v.41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.”(KJV) They “literally” traveled in opposite directions.
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