This is one of those strange events that I had the misfortune to be involved in. It was in the early 2000’s when I received word the local sheriff wanted to talk to me. I made the call and sure enough he asked if I could come to his office. I agreed and set up a meeting for early the next morning.
I arrived and was escorted to the Sheriff’s office. He sat behind his desk and began to rehearse a conversation he had with one of his supporters. As it turns out, his “supporter” was a member of my church. I was her pastor.
The sheriff told me he was talking to me on her behalf. She was upset because I and the deacons would not encourage our church fellowship to,
Stop saying amen in the services
Stop clapping when people sang or when the choir shared a special in music.
I could not believe what I was hearing. This matter had already been dealt with with a meeting the deacon chairman and I with her. She requested a conference with the deacon fellowship. We provided her that opportunity. Guess she didn’t like the fact the deacons and I were of one accord in our conviction that it is not our place to tell the congregation how to worship. As long as everything was done decently and in order…. Worship!
The sheriff stated he had been to churches when there had been disorder and did not want to have to come to my church. I replied, there was no reason for him to be concerned about this matter. We had not broken any civil laws and no reason for the sheriff to be involved.
Now the sheriff felt it necessary to remind he was acting on behalf of a friend and not as sheriff. I felt it prudent to remind him I was sitting in the sheriffs office, with the sheriff behind his desk dressed in his uniform. Sure felt like a sheriff acting as a sheriff to me.
In an effort to resolve this issue once and for I agreed to his request to talk to the lady once more about the matter. I agreed. Using his phone I talked with the woman. Wish he had stayed in the room. Maybe he would have heard her tell me to get my resume’ ready. Maybe he would have heard her tell me I wasn’t a Southern Baptist and even question my salvation.
Why share all this?
1. It’s unreal the level people will stoop to to get their way.
2. Stand on the Word of God
3. Don’t let anyone butt in on your worship.
4. Make sure your worship is scriptural.
Wasn’t long after that when the woman was rushed to the hospital. She was placed in ICU. Death soon followed. Sad the events went this way.