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July 20th, 2011
06:20 AM ET

Finding God in the Mississippi Delta

By Tommy Andres, CNN

Moorhead, Mississippi (CNN) - The Mississippi Delta is the kind of place where everyone shows up for a funeral.

It was on such a day in 1997 that Lucas McCarty and his grandfather had come to pay their respects to a young man who'd been killed in a car crash.

John Woods was there to bury his son.

Lucas and John had met a handful of times before, but that's the day John found his new son and Lucas his "black daddy" – each one delivered in his own way from a tragic past.

John worked for Lucas’ grandfather on his catfish farm as an “oxygen man." Catfish are fickle creatures, and if they don’t have enough oxygen, the whole lot of them can go belly up in minutes.

He’d gotten the job a decade earlier after getting out of jail. John had killed his brother-in-law on a lonely Delta road, according to T.R. Pearson's “Year of Our Lord,” which tells about John and Lucas. John had been indicted and tried for first-degree murder, but the trial resulted in a hung jury. He was then indicted and tried for first-degree manslaughter - and this time the jury found him not guilty. He was a free man.

At about the time John was starting a new life, Lucas’ life was almost ending before it could even begin.

Elizabeth Lear McCarty’s heart sank when her son was born, the familiar cry of a baby’s entrance into the world replaced by phrases like “no heartbeat” and “no spontaneous respiration.”

Elizabeth says a botched delivery deprived her son of oxygen at birth, damaging his brain.

He was born “gray and dead,” she says.

There would be unanswered questions and a lawsuit, and pretty soon it would become clear that Lucas would never be like other kids.

Lucas has cerebral palsy, a condition suffered when a baby's brain is deprived of oxygen, usually at birth. The condition began to show its devastating effects more and more as he matured.

He never learned to walk, read or write. Even eating was a challenge. It looked like Lucas was destined to spend the rest of his days in a wheelchair, dependent on others for his most basic needs.

Though he has never spoken a word in his life, at age 5 he found a way to say anything he needed to. It would take him years to master it, but the machine he shied away from at first, slowly became his link to his family and the world.

Based on Mayan hieroglyphs, Minspeak allows Lucas to create full sentences by pushing a series of pictures.

If he wants to say the word food, he pushes the picture of an apple. If he wants to say eat, he pushes the picture of an apple followed by the picture of a man running, called the “action man.” If he just wants to say apple, he pushes apple twice.

It can get fairly complex to an outsider. A hamburger, for example, is apple + scale + treasure chest. Somehow, this all makes sense if you’ve never learned to read or write with words.

Lucas grew up going to an Episcopal church, but his mom says he never liked it all that much. He was antsy and easily irritated, and sitting quietly for hours not only was difficult, but practically ran counter to his genetic predisposition.

“His sister kept his hands down the whole time he was at our church,” Elizabeth says.

‘My calling is singing the gospel’

At the funeral for his son, John Woods was touched by the presence of Lucas and his grandfather, James Lear.

“I looked around the church and Mr. Lear was there. Lucas was there. That’s to show you an old black man like me has some dear, sweet white friends,” John says.

Afterward, John began coming to the McCarty house to sing gospel songs with Lucas.

“He really couldn't do much else,” John says. “We would sing songs like ‘God’s Got It All In Control’ ” - no doubt a message that, at the time, offered equal comfort to both of them.

John asked Elizabeth if he could take Lucas to Easter service at Trinity House of Prayer, where he was the music director. John had been saved at Trinity, and he hoped Lucas could be too.

At that first service, John carried Lucas, and because of John’s position as music director, they sat in the deacon’s box, a spot reserved for congregational royalty.

“The Trinity House of Prayer congregation are such a loving environment of peoples,” John says. “A man can be a sinner, a whiner, (but) when they bring him into Trinity House of Prayer he will feel nothing but pure and genuine love.”

The love Lucas felt most was for the music. He fit right in with the loud expressionism and theatrics, and adored the soulful singing. Trinity changed his image of church.

“Shouting, dancing, falling out and speaking in tongues is real church,” Lucas says through his device.

Trinity House of Prayer is known for its choir. Tucked deep into the fertile soil and God-fearing air of the Mississippi Delta, the church is nestled on a flat, barren landscape, one of hundreds in a region where faith is the answer to poverty and hardship.

The chapel isn’t much to look at - an old gray building surrounded by a graveyard of dilapidated vehicles and rusted-out farm equipment. On the inside, windows are covered in a clear red film, a cheap alternative to stained glass. And on a sunny day, the faded carpet and beautiful wood pews light up with a glow that can feel transcendent.

Most notably, Trinity’s congregation is all black – with one exception. Every Sunday for the past 15 years, Lucas has shown up, sometimes carried, sometimes crawling, but always ready to put his “foot on the devil’s head.”

It’s a bit of a peculiar sight, a white man in a black church, on his knees, wailing indecipherably, but passionately into the microphone in the corner of the choir stand. He knows every word, he just can’t say them, but that sure doesn’t stop him from finding his voice.

“My calling is singing the gospel,” he says.

A warm, cleansing oil

Four months before Lucas was born, John Woods prayed for the first time for as long as he could remember.

The hard crack of the pistol, pulled from his waistband and fired without aim on that balmy Father's Day in 1987, rang through his head over and over.

John didn’t know if the man he had shot was dead, but he knew he was in trouble. He and his wife, Mary Frances, cried together until a squad car pulled into his driveway and took John away in handcuffs.

According to John, he heard his sister's husband had beaten her with a pipe, and John wanted to get even. He tracked the man down at a diner to give him a piece of his mind, the gun in his waistband providing punctuation for each cautionary sentence.

But according to John’s description in Pearson's "Year of our Lord," his brother-in-law didn’t take too kindly to the threat. He chased John down a road and pulled out a .25 automatic. He got off two shots before the gun jammed, and before John knew it, he’d shot back.

John wouldn’t find out for sure until he was in his cell that the man was dead, but he had felt the life leave his brother-in-law the second he shot him.

It was in the Sunflower County Jail where John found God. As he sat there in a cold cell, a cellmate told him to turn his life over to the Lord.

John’s life had been far from charmed. Plagued by drugs and alcohol, he now found himself sharing a fate suffered by all too many poor black men in the Delta. But on one of those sleepless nights, John prayed, and that’s when he says he felt it.

“It was like a warm oil being poured down from the top of my head, running slowly down my body, and every place it touched it was cleansing me.”

It was when John got out of jail that he says “old Jimmy Lear” took a chance on him, made him his "oxygen man," always telling John not to worry and “keep moving.”

John would drive around to each pond and put a long stick into the water and check the oxygen levels. The job required him to check the oxygen nearly every hour around the clock, so sleeping was in short spurts spread throughout the day and night.

It was during one of these naps 15 years ago that John had a strange dream. In the dream, Tony, the oldest of his four sons, had crashed his truck, and John was consoling him. John awoke to the phone ringing. It was his wife Mary Frances. Tony had fallen asleep at the wheel coming home from work at 4 a.m.

“God called him home.”

Crawling into the choir stand

Despite being told he’d never be able to walk, Lucas has found his own way, slipping out of his wheelchair and onto the floor at Trinity House of Prayer, where he shuffles around on thick knee pads as if in a state of constant reverence.

Drawn to the music, it was only a matter of time before Lucas crawled up into the choir stand. Not only was Lucas the only white member of the church - and definitely the only member with cerebral palsy - until last year he was also the only man in the all women’s choir. A young man has since joined him.

Trinity’s pastor, Willie B. Knighten, tried to heal Lucas at one of his first services. Lucas says it was the only time he felt uncomfortable at the church.

“I only felt funny when the preacher laid hands on me the first time,” he remembers.

It’s the soft spot within many people that makes them wish Lucas normal, but the hand of God hasn’t taken away his condition.

Still, to nearly everyone who attends Trinity, it’s a small miracle each time Lucas crawls into the choir stand on his own every week to sing. In a small way, he has been healed.

Lucas is a lot like any 25-year-old single man. He likes cars, he loves surfing the web, and the No. 1 thing on his mind at any given time is women. He wants a girlfriend - specifically one, he says, who is “an outgoing sweetheart, who does not smoke, has never had children but wants (them) and is a Republican.”

Lucas’ access to the outside world is a bit limited. Because of his handicap, going anywhere can be an ordeal. He refuses to use a power chair, instead relying on the push of a friend, relative or stranger.

A few days each week, Lucas works at his father’s restaurant in nearby Indianola washing dishes and cleaning. When Lucas was 6 years old, his parents got divorced. It’s no secret that the difficulties of raising an impaired child strained the marriage.

The job gets him out of the house he shares with his mother, something that’s important for a young man whose body is disabled but whose ambition knows no limits. Lucas wants to start his own cleaning company, and during the announcements following a recent service at Trinity House of Prayer, Lucas asks for the microphone, holds it up to his machine and slowly types out the message that if anyone is looking for work, he’s hiring.

Church is the one time a week Lucas knows he can get out of the house, and at Trinity House of Prayer people won’t look away when he comes down the aisle.

“Lucas would be at church every time the door opened if he could,” his mother says. “But we just usually go take him on Sunday. And that's the most important part of the week for Lucas … getting to church on Sunday.”

Lucas has found other ways to connect. He has an e-mail address and a Facebook account, but for years his favorite hobby has been jumping on the CB radio he keeps in the family room. Most of the truckers know him by now. His handle is “Teddy Bear,” and he starts each interaction the same way: “Is there a pot of coffee on?”

John Woods, now Bishop John Woods, has moved on from Trinity to be the associate pastor of a church down the road. He and Lucas still get together, singing their favorite gospel songs just as they did 15 years ago. Lucas’ favorites are “I’ll Fly Away” and “I’ve Got To Run.” Between songs they talk about life and the Lord.

When John asks Lucas if he’s been saved, he shrugs. Despite the music and the love of Trinity’s congregants, he hasn’t quite made his peace with God. It’s a familiar struggle for many, but when you draw a hand like Lucas’, making sense of it all can be even more challenging.

Lucas may still be on a search for God, but the boy who was born without a breath has found his “oxygen man” - and John has found the son he lost.

When they speak of God, John tells Lucas, “Don’t worry, you’ll find him one day.” But Lucas seems content to find his solace “in the music,” and he’s happy as long as he can convince folks of one thing: “I want people to know I am more than a boy in a wheelchair.”

Editor's Note: Nashville band Sleeping Bulls provided the song “Jean Baptiste” from their upcoming album “The Least Banquets” for the video.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Faith & Health • Mississippi

soundoff (1,300 Responses)
  1. Gavin Ford

    I am as anti-religion as they come but I still found this story inspiring.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • David Stone

      I am not anti-religion, but rather neutral, and find the story revolting. Speaking in tongues is disgustingly stupid.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Wow!

      David, I don't practice tongues, but to each his own. I don't think it's disgusting. Why would it be disgusting?

      July 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  2. tmichelle72

    Why do people who hate God come to the belief page? Why spend so much energy on someone you feel does not exsist. I think you know He is real in your heart and you are so hurt, so angery, so sad that you lash out at Him because you feel your life should be different. And that is the trick of the enemy, to make you believe God is the bad guy. I have hate in my heart for the one who has tricked you and I pray you find the truth because God is amazing. You should get to know Him. He longs for you to reach out to Him. You turning from Him in your pain is like holding the cure for your disease in your hand and refusing to take it.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Rob

      perhaps because it is posted on CNN as the MAIN article......

      July 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • William Demuth

      God does not exist, but alas Christianity, like bigotry, racisim, and hatred DOES exist.

      So we come here to help it on its way into ancient history, where all fake religions eventually go.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Willy Demuth

      God does exist, same as Christianity, like honesty, acceptance, and love DOES exist.

      So we come here to help it on its way into the futre, where all of us continue to go.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Willy! Wow my good Christian mother used to call me that.

      Thankfully she is dead!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • David Stone

      It was CNNs lead headline this morning, so people are going to respond, and that includes those who despise religion. When you start talking about speaking in tongues, you bring out those like myself, who may believe in God, but find organized religion, ESPECIALLY THE KINDS THAT SPEAK IN TONGUES, revolting.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Willy Demuth

      "Thankfully she is dead!"

      And no doubt looking up at you right now from her reward.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • William Demuth

      No actually she is sprinked on my dope crop.

      She was so full of it I suspect she is a great fertilizer.

      July 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Willy Demuth

      Probably brings up weeds. While the rest of her is lost.

      July 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  3. itsme

    Bless his soul 🙂

    July 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  4. Rob

    Christianity has become a violation of it's own first commandment....The bible has become the golden calf....

    July 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  5. The ONE true GOD

    @Sy2502

    God causes ALL things to work together for good. The "reason" behind that boy's disease may not be understood by human standards, but looking at the big picture, or God's perspective, is beyond what we comprehend.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Beyond what YOU can coprehend?

      I think Sesame Street was beyond what most Christians can comprehend.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  6. Will

    Why are there never any positive articles about MY church: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? It doesn't even have to be a positive article per se, but to report critical developments within the church. For example, our church suffered its first schism, a group who found what they considered to be a doctrinal fault, so they left and established The Reformed Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The press has been totally silent about this.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • pazyfe

      how old are you 5?

      July 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Rob

      that would apparently make him one year MORE mature than you....

      July 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Kyle

      No one wants to hear the story about how I was touched by His noodly appendage and now lead a life of good and compassion. It's not fair at all.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I have been touched by his noodly appendage.

      RAmen!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Flippy

      @pazyfe – HAHA! You just asked someone if they were five because they want you to beleive in their imaginary friend. OH THE IRONY!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Bruce

      Will, is your church full of people who love each other and make each others' lives better through that love, like Lucas' life was made better by the love of the people in his church?

      July 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Atheose

      R'amen.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Will

      @Bruce
      You get so easily offended you miss perhaps my key point. If a church loved each other, they wouldn't get all torn apart about slight disagreements in minor points of doctrine, and split in thousands of different branches, none considering the other truly "Christian".

      July 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Bruce

      Will, you should read the article. The article is about a church that doesn't seem to have the problems you are talking about.

      July 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Will

      @Bruce
      Agreed. This church which I presume is heavily Democratic, also accepts a Republican. I did notice those things. It is nice. It is also the polar opposite of what I lived through and experienced when I was a fundamentalist for 33 years of my life. Lets hope religion learns its lessons and strives to unite, rather than divide, humanity.

      July 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  7. Taylor

    I LOVE this article. 🙂 How uplifting.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  8. Simone

    This was a beautiful story. That's all I want to comment on. Not trying to be cynical or judgmental, or what not. I just enjoyed this story this morning.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  9. Joran Sutt

    The believers and the non- are both right... And wrong! God does exist, but all he does is look forward to grilling burgers for he and his family somewhere in South Philly. Seriously, all he does, all year long, is look forward to grilling. In the winter he polishes his tongs & his spatula (with his mind
    Powers)

    July 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • William Demuth

      South Philly?

      God is a bit pale for that hood dude.

      I hear he is gonna be in the Hamptons!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  10. Karenengr

    A beautiful, moving story about acceptance. As the mom of a child with special needs, it's what I hope happens for her (and everyone else) some day.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Marilyn

      Lucas you are just so handsome! So ecetixd to finally see you out in the real world . Congratulations Julie and Pedro he is so precious! When do I get to meet him in person?Sabina

      July 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Marcia

      These photos are ainmzag. If I had to choose one, I couldn't. I have tears looking at them and wondering where the year has gone. Kelly has done a beautiful job.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  11. Olga

    Being religious equals closing your mind and your eyes to reality and trying to feel safe and cozy by lying to yourself.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Rob

      THAT should be in the dictionary....send it to Webster's

      July 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Very nice. I would like to point out the the lying eventually replaces reason and it becomes a delusion, which is a medically defined mental disorder.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  12. Mitch

    As I look at this story there are 666 comments. Is that a sign or what? And I say, Thank G0D for atheism.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Iceman

      So, what does it mean if the comments here reach 777? =)

      July 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  13. The ONE true GOD

    I've noticed that nowadays most people have been turned off from God because of politics. They have allowed the far right nut jobs who think they have some sort of "claim" on Jesus or God to leave a bad taste in their mouth about God. Let me assure you, these hypocrits who get the most attention and love to throw stones and judge are what you would call in biblical times a pharisee, not a true believer in Christ. There is not much "Christ-like" about them and therefore you make your judgments about us as a whole based on a small percentage of idiots. Please don't let those fools steal your life, or salvation. Please don't allow them to take the truth away from you because they think they are "better." MOST Christians want nothing more than to share with you the truth about God so that we can all as one body better our lives. Bless you today if you have an open heart and mind for this message.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Sy2502

      Actually, stories like this one turn me away from god. This young man sings a song called ‘God’s Got It All In Control’. Great, that means god's in control of this man's cerebral palsy. But he doesn't do anything about it?
      What turns me away from god is the fact that most people I know are better moral beings than your god.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Actually I have heard from Altar boys that it is the priests who leave a bad taste in their mouth, and scars around their rear ends.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • The ONE true GOD

      @William Demuth

      They would also be included in the small percentage of idiots who give real Christians a bad name. By the way, catholicism is more religion and tradition than faith. Jesus came to get rid of religion and offer grace.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Rob

      isn't your screen-name blasphemous?

      July 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Sy2502

      Yes! The story takes on a really creepy tone when you apply critical thinking. Much like the child who loves his abusive parent.

      Cheers my brother!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  14. Sy2502

    Former Atheist Jeremy Fritz you didn't answer my question. Why do you worship a god that gave this young man such a terrible disability?

    July 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Eric in StL

      What is unfortunate is that, if you need to ask this question, you will not understand the response.
      God did not "give" this man CP. It is something that happened to him.
      He lets us live our lives. The things that fall in front of us on the path of life, blocking our way, are the things that make us who we are. It is our struggles and gains, our battles and our victories that make us who -and what- we are.
      If God were to simply brush aside all of our woes and troubles, we could not grow as people.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Bruce

      I don't think that Jeremy worships the doctor that botched Lucas' delivery.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Eric in StL
      You said: "What is unfortunate is that, if you need to ask this question, you will not understand the response.
      God did not "give" this man CP. It is something that happened to him.
      He lets us live our lives. The things that fall in front of us on the path of life, blocking our way, are the things that make us who we are. It is our struggles and gains, our battles and our victories that make us who -and what- we are.
      If God were to simply brush aside all of our woes and troubles, we could not grow as people."

      Believers always want to give their god a pass on evil. Satan does it, humans are responsible, God is "improving" our souls.

      If god is the creator of all things, then he is responsible for the bad as well as the good. He made the beautiful flowers and the worm that is eating a child's eye.

      If God exists and is all good, we must have evidence that all of the evil we see are for a higher purpose.
      All the pain and suffering should have the purpose of teaching. But even theists admit there is no evidence. That is why they must resort to talking about the mysterious ways in which God works or God's Great Plan and human's inability to understand the ways of god.

      There's no evidence at all, that 300 to 500 million people dying from Smallpox in the 20th century, is for a greater good.

      Walk through a children's cancer ward some time. Come back and tell me what lessons are being learned there.

      What lesson does the parent of a baby born without a brain take away from the experience?

      What lesson is taught to people digging the bodies of their loved ones from the rubble caused by an earthquake?

      Even if evil and suffering is a teaching tool, an all good God would only allow as much evil or suffering as is absolutely necessary, in order to achieve a greater purpose. Any suffering above that necessary to learn, would have no purpose. The suffering would be unwarranted.

      When we look at the world around us, we find many instances of apparently pointless suffering from which no greater purpose seems to result.

      “In some distant forest lightning strikes a dead tree, resulting in a forest fire. In the fire a fawn is trapped, horribly burned, and lies in terrible agony for several days before death relieves its suffering” (Rowe 1979: 337).
      If no humans were there to observe the event, no lessons are learned. It is just gratuitous suffering.

      This is a true story (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,255654,00.html):
      A child was attacked by a monster. Her last moments, abominable. She was buried alive.
      What lesson was learned? Where was the child's free will? Did she choose to be tortured and murdered? Was this the plan that god had for her?

      Even if some suffering is necessary, it is unreasonable to think that all of the horrid evils humans endure, are needed for some greater good.

      Even if some suffering is necessary, it is unreasonable to think, the lessons must be repeated ad nauseum and in such abundance.

      The Christian god either does not care, or does not exist.

      When you drop god from the equation, you eliminate much of human strife.

      Cheers!

      July 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Eduardo

      I love hearing Nathaniel Gutierrez's smrnoes because of his sincere voice and love for the Word of God and the transparency with which he believes his own messages. I would love to have Nathaniel as my pastor and preacher any time. It is obvious that Nathaniel loves the Lord Jesus and those for whom He died. Thank you Nathaniel. I look forward to hear your smrnoes again.

      July 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  15. ag

    I wonder if he is a pinball wizard too.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Rob

      is he blind and deaf? you gotta be blind and deaf to be a pinball wizard.....

      July 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
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  16. Wow!

    Once again, Why is this important to non believers? You say you are getting Chritianity shoved down your throats? Don't read the article then. I am assuming CNN puts things on their front page that get hits. Not what they think will be the most offensive to non believers. Maybe CNN should start a non believers blog? I can see all the beautiful stories that would emerge. Flogging of crippled people. Disgracing the needy. etc. I am getting these ideas from all of the posts that I have read in this comment section.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Rob

      It's the TOP article on a NEWS site and you think there is no problem there? Keep your cults and religions in your damn basement and out of public....do you think we like to be reminded about all your f'king morons we have to put up with every god damn day?

      July 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Because your cult is messing up MY country.

      Drug dealers and pimps you are!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Nympha

      Rob & William,
      This is a free country and free press. No one is forcing to to read a religious blog. It is you both who come onto the religious blogs to publicly force your views on those whose comments are actually relevant. It is the two of you who need to get out of the lives of a free public. If you are so offended by us, go rant your delusions on an atheist relevant column where you will be happily at home and none the worse for wear. It is individuals like you, not the religious, who destroy our freedoms and spread hate.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Wow!

      You do realize that you clicking on and reading the story helped put and keep it on the front page, right? Go ahead and spew some more hatred. Or, stop posting in the blog. I am assuming that if people stop posting, this story would go away. Hmmm.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Wow!

      So William, What is the vision for "your county" Just curious.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Wow!

      My vision is out of reach, the infection has spread to far.

      The best we can hope for is a chance to use her technology to get the hell outa here before the infected end the world.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Wow!

      William, I am sorry to hear this. That cannot end well for us all. Do you see this as being a painful ending to mankind or a quick blast that will kill us all?

      July 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  17. Ganymede

    iI just don't understand why any people, freed from vile slavery, would abandon their own gods and kneel before the god of their slavemasters. No wonder they turn on one another.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • tmichelle72

      That was unnecessary and hateful.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Harsh, but interesting.

      Perhaps they really don't believe at all?

      July 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      I think it's interesting how well the story of Moses and the Israelites matches what the whites did to the blacks in the South. No wonder the black people thought God was talking straight to the slavemasters: Let my people go!

      July 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  18. Kacy

    That's a nice story.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  19. Olga

    Why singing the gospel to a god who made you an invalid? It is like thanking somebody for kicking you in the butt.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Terry Ray

      Don't be jealous because God made him a bit different from the rest of us; his worship is undoubtedly more meaningful than most! He is still "fearfully and wonderfully made", and I admire him and that church very much!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Rob

      meaningful worship is an oxymoron...by definition

      July 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Alexandrine

      You, don't KNOW God, so you don't understand. We Christians are to suffer many hardships here in the world before we get into the Kingdom of Heaven. That hardship can make you bitter or better. God is reshaping us and getting the impurities out of our hearts when we suffer. Pain has a way or refining you. That's why we suffer. He loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him. Non-believers will never understand. You only mock God cause you enjoy living in your sins. The wages of sin are death, give me the freedom that comes from Christ, and I'll praise Him any day! Thank you Jesus for saving me!!!!!!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  20. Iceman

    @Manny

    You bring up a good point- "What is the point of (God) sitting back and letting things run their course?"This is because Satan raised an issue in the Garden of Eden.

    There are hundreds of thousands of other life forms in our Universe watching the events that are taking place here on earth. If God were to step in too soon, then they could argue that God didn't allow enough time for humans to experiment with self rule may be better without God. So enough time has to elapse for this claim to be found true or false. The Bible shows what we can look for to know when that time is up. This situation is not going to be allowed to go on forever.

    What has the past 6,000 years of the passing of world empires and government evidence revealed? Does not the evidence reveal that we are clueless? Humans were not created with the ability to govern or rule over himself or others, and every time we try to do so- there is someone, or some group always getting hurt.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Isocrates

      If you think people today are just as worst off as people 6,000 years ago, you need to look out of your window.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Tiktaalik

      "There are hundreds of thousands of other life forms in our Universe watching the events that are taking place here on earth."

      lol

      July 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Nurlroy from Planet Zambonie

      We watch you Earth people like a reality show. What WILL you think of next? It's amazing, and it sure has sold a lot of products.

      July 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
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