Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, had been attending the predominately white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs regularly and had plans to be married there on July 21st. After wedding invitations had been sent out, they were told that they could not have their wedding in the church because they were black. Members of the church congregation had decided that no black couple could be married in the church. To-date, they have never had a black couple married there, and they were not about to start now.
The congregation threatened to vote the pastor out if he married the couple in the church. Although Dr. Stan Westherford was taken by surprise by this decision, he gave in to the grumblings of a few members in the church and told the Wilsons that they could not be married there. So, he agreed to marry them in a nearby church. The Wilsons are now talking to an attorney.
My opinion, it hurts my heart when I see what so-called “Christians” will get together and come up with. This is racist…plain and simple. If that pastor did not agree with it, then he should not have allowed it. And the threat of being thrown out should not have influenced his decision to do the right thing.
The church has sent a message to the Wilsons that is loud and clear: It is OK for you to attend our church and to give your offerings… as long as you know your place!!! There is no way that I would continue to take my family to that church.
BMWK Family – Should the pastor have performed the ceremony at his church anyway? If this was your wedding what would you have done? Have you ever seen this behavior in churches where a few people pretty much have control of everything going on there?
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