And Now….The Rest of the Story
Yesterday I reported on some extreme behavior by our Conejo Valley Unified School District Administrators, when they destroyed one resident’s proposition 8 sign that they felt was too close to school property. (see thread here for part I)
Well, here’s how it turned out yesterday. After the Administration thugs were through stomping the sign into the ground, they hurled it over the fence of the people who put it up, and it stayed there most of the day.
Our friend Tim Cooley heard about what had happened to the sign and saw the police and everything–well, he got to work with some of his contacts to find a new home for the sign. He called up Pastor Wilson of the First Baptist Church here in town and they chatted about the sign dilemma. Pastor Wilson and his congregation have been collaborating with all the churches in the area on proposition 8 and were thrilled and honored to be the custodians of the big sign. They provided a space for it immediately. They’d already lost four large signs to the opposition’s thieves and vandals, and currently didn’t have a Yes on 8 sign.
The interesting thing is that Baptists are extremely wary of Mormons. They don’t traditionally get along. Tim Cooley was the Bishop of the local LDS (Mormon) congregation a few years ago, so he and Pastor Wilson had some interactions over the years, that could have been better. So even though the builders of the sign were Mormon, Tim Cooley is Mormon, and Pastor Wilson is a Baptist, today it didn’t matter.
Tim, Daryl and some other guys got the sign out, fixed it up, replaced the smashed bulbs and wiring, got it all ready to go and installed it right in front of the Baptist Church which stands on a hillside overlooking Erbes and La Granada. While they were putting the big sign together, they had more conversations with the Baptists and were able to clear up some of the misconceptions that were out there. Funny that for being so geographically close, the two churches knew so little about each other. They found quite a bit of common ground.
Pastor Wilson and Assistant Pastor Dean actually invited Tim to their special prayer meeting tonight and invited him to pray and speak a bit about prop 8 and the efforts being made. Tim said it was a unique and wonderful experience, that they opened their place of worship and invited him in with open arms, with AMEN! and Yeah Brother!
All the while they were praying and meeting, outside you could hear the raucous noise of cheering and honking horns as cars streamed past the giant sign. Yes on 8!!
The thing that is wonderful to me is the strength of this collaboration between the churches of California. Here we are, finding out who our friends really are, and who our enemies really are. This is our common ground, standing up for each other, and supporting each other against the opposition. What a blessing it is to stand with our Christian brothers and sisters, in all their denominational flavors. This proposition is so important to all of us. What a blessing it has been to finally find that common ground in such a great cause that can bring such polar opposites together. The Lord works in mysterious ways…..
Hooray for the Baptists! and thanks to Tim Cooley for “the rest of the story.”