Sister Della Acree from the Anaheim church of Christ recently returned from a vacation trip up the a river in the midwest on a paddle boat.
While on that trip she encountered a historical character impersonator who in the midst of sharing historical facts, suggested that Alexander Campbell started the church of Christ in America.
After the talk was over, Della started a personal conversation with the impersonator and suggested to him that his facts about Alexander Campbell “starting” the church of Christ in America was not true. She suggested that instead of “starting” the church of Christ in America, that Jesus started the church and that Campbell only planted or established it here. I don’t recall exactly how Della said the man received her correction but it does seem she indicated that he was appreciative for the correction.
What an example of taking the gospel with us, wherever we go! Vacation is a break from earning wages, but not the work of the Lord.
I wonder what that historian’s comments will be from now on concerning that part of his presentation. I wonder what affect her words may have on his understanding of the true nature of Jesus church. I wonder what his final conclusions will be concerning the church and how that will affect his relationship to Jesus. I wonder how his comments about the church could affect each group of tourists he has an opportunity to speak to from here on out.
I wonder what all God will do with the soil Della plowed in this man’s life (1 Corinthians 3:6)
“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders,making the most of the opportunity.Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:5,6