Dr. Alveda King will speak at the February 26th prayer breakfast for the community.
By Ben Mock
Mount Zion Baptist
Our idyllic little community has experienced a lot of tension and tragedy of late. Turmoil in leadership, talk of scandal in trusted institutions, and families in crisis are clear signs that the collective soul of Pickens County is going through a time of moral and spiritual turbulence. Though there are some 80, yes, 80 churches in our area, it would seem the salt has lost its savor, and our light has been put under a bushel. As just one example of such, how else can the fact that Pickens County has one of the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in the state of Georgia be explained?
There have been times in our nation's history when public calls to prayer led to true revival, sparked by "turn from their wicked ways" kind of repentance. In the First Great Awakening, which ultimately inspired the American Revolution, prayer prompted such changes in behavior that ale houses and brothels closed due to loss of clientele, jails went unused, and police were relegated to crowd control for public evangelistic meetings. Oh, that our community could experience a genuine change of heart like that. "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." (Mt. 19.26)
The Community Prayer Breakfast, to be held Wednesday, February 26, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper, is being organized by a small handful of members of the Pickens County Ministerial Association. Dr. Alveda King will speak. The agenda behind this non-partisan, public event is summed up in the following:
1) We seek to pray for all those in authority in our community, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1 Timothy 2.2)
2) Our churches wish to honor and show our support for the governing powers and servants of our community who bear God’s authority over us. (Romans 13.1-7)
3) We reaffirm our commitment to our common Judeo-Christian heritage and values. (Jude 3)
4) We seek in covenant prayer the forgiveness, direction, strength and blessing of God for all those individuals, families and institutions which make up Pickens County. (1 Timothy 2.1)
For those who wish to join their hearts and voices in seeking God's face for healing in our community, please RSVP online at bit.ly/pray4pickens, or call 404.723.4814 or 678.982.4417 for more information.