06.19.12

After The Benediction

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems, Encouraging Sermons at 4:05 pm by Administrator

My brothers and sisters, we joyfully celebrate Juneteenth.” Juneteenth marks the day, June 19th 1865, when African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas first learned that the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 had declared them free.

Make no mistake about it, no human beings can celebrate like an oppressed people who have been set free!

Sometime ago, I preached a sermon entitled, After The Benediction. In that message, I maintained that the real work of the Church takes place after church is over, after the benediction.

Consequently, when the Juneteenth celebrations are over, when all of the prayers, and all of the speeches, and all of the commendations have been given, the real work in our community begins after the benediction.

After the benediction, the hungry need to be fed. After the benediction, the naked need to be clothed and the homeless need to be housed. After the benediction, the unemployed need to be put to work, children need to be cared for, the sick need to be visited, the elderly need to be assured. The hoodlum, the gang-banger, the drug addict, the convict, the pimp, the prostitute, the pervert, the child molester need to be shown that there’s a better way. After the benediction.

The saintly Mahatma Gandhi said, You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

My friend, we must work for the betterment of our community after today is over. After the benediction.

You can find out about volunteer opportunities in your community at www.serve.gov.

After The Benediction

I’ve often wondered how the world would be
If more Christians came to the decision
That they would let their light truly shine
After the benediction.

I’ve often mused in the mirror of my mind
How this society would be in better condition
If people of the Cross would stop fighting one another
And come together
After the benediction.

Before the benediction it’s easy to hide
It’s so easy to play the game
Before the benediction emotions run high
But sadly, everyone
Leaves the same.

But after the benediction, Ah! there’s the test
Of whether the Word has begun to walk
Of whether our motives and principles are real
Or if they’ve been drowned in the sea of hypocritical talk.

And so, my friends, as I journey on
I pray that you are not locked into tradition
For singing and praying and shouting are fine
But what God needs most
Are soldiers marching
After
The benediction.

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

Related Blog Posts:
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr

Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:

  • The Quotable Manuel Scott Sr: Words From A Gospel Genius book
  • Yes, God Can! (Prophetic Reflections On The Election Of Barack Obama) lecture
  • When Sunday Is Not Enough (A Lecture To Help You With Your Commitment) lecture
  • “After The Benediction” sermon on CD and DVD




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