Years ago I wrote a letter to the editor addressing a letter writer who touted the great diversity we have in Beaufort.
It’s true we do have a great diversity, however, we all seem to celebrate our individual diversity with like people. We live in neighborhoods, and go to events and churches, that support and reflect ourselves. I posed the question: If we had a Diversity Festival, would anyone show up? I doubt it.
I recently attended a Historic Beaufort Foundation lecture series event where David Lauderdale’s topic was: “When We All Get to Heaven: Beaufort’s Great Revival.” I heard the rich history of a 10-day period in 1831 when countless lives were changed here.
An article in the April 2015 issue of The Scotsman, published by the First Scots Presbyterian Church of Beaufort, discussed the revival, stating several key points:
“Through this period our small community became saturated by the glory of God ... It was simply an opportunity to let the Word of God loose to do its work in people’s lives ... If we want to understand the value of revival, we must first understand the necessity of revival: we need revival because we need to be revived!”
It was great to meet Lauderdale and to hear this history of our community.
With all of the separate, diverse groups that comprise Beaufort today, let’s forget about a Diversity Festival.
Let’s have another Great Revival so the Word of God once more can do its work in our community.
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