Thursday, December 27, 2007

Submitting to one another

". . . submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Ephesians 5:21).

At First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, Georgia, in the 1830's, Judge William Tracey Gould led a movement in the church to buy an organ. This was a change, since most Presbyterians still sang without instruments. The innovation was opposed by some in a congregational meeting. But the majority decided for it anyway, and Judge Gould was appointed to raise the money for the new organ. One day the Judge ran into Mr. Robert Campbell on the street. Campbell, who had opposed the organ, asked the Judge why he hadn't called on him for a donation. "Because, Mr. Campbell, I knew you did not wish to have the organ." "That makes no difference," said Mr. Campbell; "when the majority of the members of the church have decided the matter, it is my duty to put aside personal feeling and assist as well as I may."

Well done, Mr. Campbell. You showed how all of us, in all our churches, can revere Christ together.

The account appears in David B. Calhoun, Cloud of Witnesses: The Story of First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, Georgia, 1804-2004, pages 41-42.