In the book of Malachi, God once again is dealing with the transgressions and unfaithfulness of Israelites.
Speaking through the prophet Malachi:
- God rebukes the priests for cheating the Lord by bringing blemished sacrifices before Him.
- God rebukes the people of Israel for violations of His commands about marriage and divorce.
- God rebukes the Israelites for their refusal to tithe and the unjust ways they lived.
However, within the cesspool of sin, injustice and debauchery that was Israel, God heard the cries of a faithful remnant of those who feared and honored His name. In hearing the pleas of this faithful remnant God declared:
“On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. Malachi 3:17-18
In 1867 in the small Georgia town of Clinton, two years after the end of slavery in the hotbed of reconstruction, a remnant of those who feared and honored God’s name took the bold step of starting a church.
This weekend the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its 148th anniversary. And like the Israelites in the days of Malachi this faithful remnant of God’s people has:
- Endured the challenges, dangers and unfairness of Jim Crow.
- Bore the burden as it sent its sons and daughters off to fight in two world wars and countless conflicts from Korea to Vietnam to Afghanistan.
- Trumped in the hard won victories of the civil rights movement; finally gaining the equality of legal rights promised by man but confirmed by God.
Through births and deaths, good times and bad this remnant of those who feared and honored God’s name remained faithful.
And for 148 years Saint Paul has showed “the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” Malachi 3:17-18
This weekend, the current faithful remnant of Saint Paul, will gather together in celebration of 148 of years of service to the Lord
Sunday School @ 9:30 AM
Church Anniversary Worship Services @ 11:00 AM
Let us all come in humble gratefulness and thankfulness to the God of our weary brought us thus far on the way. For it is only with God’s might that he has led us into the light. Let us march on Saint Paul until God’s victory is won. (Inspired by the James Weldon Johnson pome: Lift Every Voice and Sing)
May God forever keep the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in His great and worthy path.