Matthew R. Perry

Jerry Falwell (1933-2007)

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2007 at 9:12 am

Yesterday, Dr. Jerry Falwell, President of Liberty University and Pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church — both in the city of my birth, Lynchburg, VA — passed from this life into a better, grander life as he entered into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I found out about the news when my minister of music called me and said that they found him unconscious.  He has some strong ties because his youngest daughter is graduating from Liberty this weekend.  In fact, I wrote his daughter a note of encouragement on her facebook account:

Dear _____________ :

Your mom forwarded me a picture of you and Dr. Falwell and it really helped put in perspective how you all at Liberty must be feeling. We had a beloved professor pass away at college and our concert choir had to be a part of that funeral. THAT was hard. But losing your president and such an influential evangelical as Dr. Falwell was (is!) — you guys are in our prayers. When you graduate, I know it will be quite difficult going through the ceremonies which are supposed to be so uplifting. When down, just thank God that he allowed Dr. Falwell to plant such an incredible ministry at college and in our country and that you got to be a part of it.

Just for what it’s worth!

While I have posted other articles lamenting some of Dr. Falwell’s comments, but I admire his courage in exposing the evils in our culture and seeking to expunge them from our country. I’m not sure going the political route is best — too much ends up being compromised in the process. At least he stood true to his biblical convictions.

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