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THE MUSINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT

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Sid in his law office where he sits when meeting with clients. Observant eyes will notice the statuette of one of Sid's favorite Democrats.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Lower the flag to half-mast. Another Great American has left this life. -- Dr. Bill Hinson died on December 26, 2004.

Earlier today I was writing about politics and the future direction of our Party. I just got in from a rough day at the office, and got some sad news. Suddenly neither of the foregoing things seems to matter very much.

As background for this post, in a post dated 12-13-04, I wrote:

"Rev. Bill Hinson, one of the top Methodist ministers in the country, told me once that he spends an hour of preparation for every minute of his sermon. Listening to him you understand why. . . .

"I am a Methodist. Many of you Methodists probably know that Rev. Bill Hinson recently suffered a very serious stroke, and is not doing good. To check on his condition, you can go to http://www.williamhinson.net/ which was updated today. Bill's wife Jean is from Douglas and Bill is from Snipesville, a small community in Jeff Davis County. Keep the Hinsons in your prayers."

My recorder informed me that Dr. Hinson passed away yesterday. A 08-04-04 post entitled "Lower the flag to half-mast -- A Great American has left this life," was about the passing of Manuel Maloof.

The following is the text from Bill's All Saints Day sermon, preached a month before his stroke.

"For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling, so that by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

"So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. We are of good courage, and would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.

"2 Corinthians 5:1-9."

The Lord has blessed me. I was a FOB. And our First United Methodist Church congregation here in Douglas was indeed fortunate to have had him again as our revival speaker in September 2003.

Lower the flag to half-mast. A great American has left this life.

3 Comments:

Blogger Patrick ONeill said...

Is this the same Bill Hinston who threw a hissy fit
because another minister blessed a lespian union ?

http://www.confessingumc.org/sermon_hinson.html

Don't expect me to lower any flags - it is one of the blessings of nature that the dinasours die off.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Danita said...

Yes, the Ragin' Cajun is coming out of her silence. First, let me say I doubt Dr. Bill Hinson ever threw a hissy fit in his life. He preached what he understood from the Bible with his heart. Second, were it even true that he had ever pitched a hissy fit, I submit it is the Democratic - no, human thing to do to allow others to grieve.
Which brings me to the words I have been meditating on all day -- TOLERANCE. Let this be the litmus test of the Democratic Party. For so it began. If we lose our tolerance ( as the Republican party has) there will be no one to take care of the children, the elderly, those in need. It was human rights that called us to battle as a party and it must continue to be. We may differ on many issues, but we can still be, it behooves us to be, the Big Tent Party.
I am a LIBERAL Democrat - probably the most liberal in this neck of the woods. I struggle between what my heart tells me and what my church teaches about same-sex marriage. I fear the pro-lifer in any party because I remember when abortion was mortifying,unsafe, expensive, and illegal. I remember how hard fought Roe v. Wade was. I don't want to go back. But my fear is minor and petty compared to the needs of this country that only the Democratic Party can address.

Tolerance. The religious denomination I was reared in lost it, thinking it was the only way. I found where I belong - the United Methodist church. The republicans lost it, joined forces with this "religious right" bunch. I believe that soon some among this coalition will think THEY now have the only way for America. And a new power group will be spawned.

I submit to you that if we Democrats cannot find tolerance for each other, listen to each other, unite for democracy -- I won't find a place to belong, but more important -all hope for this democracy will be lost.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

I think you're being unfair, Patrick. I know where you're coming from, but gloating over the poor guy's death is:

A. Hurtful to those who knew Reverend Hinson.
B. Not productive to our cause.

There are plenty of people who I'm not going to shed any tears over when they pass away--but I'm not going to waste my breath calling them dinosaurs and singing about how happy I am they're dead, either.

9:44 PM  

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