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In 1972 the Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark ruling in the case: Wisconsin vs. Yoder. In this case, an Amish man named Yoder chal- lenged Wisconsin's law requiring children to attend Public School until the age of sixteen. He challenged it on the grounds that it violated his religious convictions. While he had no qualms allowing his children to attend Public School through the Grammar School years, he believed his family should do the training at home after that. In short, he wanted to Home School his children. The State of Wisconsin sued him in at attempt to force him to send his children to high School. In court, he lost his case every step of the way until it finally reached the Supreme Court. After each defeat he refused to give in to the demands of the State stating that to do so, "Would violate his religious convictions." When the Supreme Court ruled on this case, they ruled in Mr. Yoder's favor. They agreed that Wisconsin had indeed violated his First Amendment Rights. When the Supreme Court decided the case, they stated that every religious belief falls into one of two categories. 1: Preferences. 2: Convictions,: ........ .. ....................... HAVING THUS RULED, the Court then decided it must devise a test that would be applied to all cases con- cerning religious beliefs. They said, "Religious 'pref- erences' are NOT protected under the Constitution- only religious 'convictions."' Here is the test that delin- eates the two: First, if a belief can be changed by: peer pressure, family pres- sure, threat of a lawsuit, threat of going to jail, or the threat of death - it is only a "preference" - it is not a "conviction." Secondly, for a belief to qualify as a con- viction it must be: pre-deter- mined, non-negotiable, vic- torious within itself, and demonstrated by a lifestyle. AS I DIGESTED this information I couldn't help but think of the Old Testament story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. You remember the story. King Nebuchadnezzar had made a decree that when the peo- ple in the kingdom heard all kinds of music they were to fall down and worship an idol that he had constructed. Failure to do so would cause the violator to be thrown into a fiery furnace. We know they refused to bow. When questioned by the king their answer is a classic example of "conviction" versus "pref- erence." Daniel 3:16- 18(KJV)' says, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, 0 king. But if not, be it known unto thee, 0 king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Did you catch it? Their answer was 1) Pre- determined. Vs. 16, "We are not careful to answer thee in this matter." In other words, they had already discussed the situation and their answer was pre-determined. 2) It was non-negotiable. Amazingly, in verse 15 the king tried to negotiate with them - offering them a second chance! 3) It was vic- torious within itself. In other words, regardless of the out- come on that day, they had won the victory simply by taking a stand! They told the king that God could indeed save them, but even if He chose not to, they were not going to worship his idol. They Were winners either way! 4) Their conviction was demonstrated by their lifestyle. Indeed, their actions were driven by "con- viction" NOT "preference." (And here's a Bible trivia question for you.'. After the furnace was heated seven times hotter than ever before, the Bible states the fire was so hot it killed the guards who were taking them up to throw them in. Here's your trivia question: if the guards were dead, who threw them into the fiery furnace?) With all that said - I can't help but draw the conclusion that in many churches today and in many individual Christian lives - when it comes to serving the Lord : for many it is NOT a "con- viction!" It is merely a"pref- erence!" America's only hope is for us, God's people, to once again become people with Biblical convictions! Aaron McCollough is an area missionary with the area Baptist Association which serves Harris, Meriwether and Troup counties. He is a resident of Hogansville. I[iiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii!ii!iiii!iii i i i iii i i ililiiii!i!!iiiiiiiiiiiii!iiii!i!iii ii !ii ii!iiii iii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiii! iii ! ii i iii iiiiiiiiiii i!i ! i i!!iiiiii i![ii!iiii!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiit[ Jerry Eugene Spradlin July 3, 1940 - Aug. 2, 20!4 Retired Sales Representative Mr. Jerry Eugene Spradlin, 74, of Panama City Beach, Florida, died Saturday, August 2 at Seabreeze Health Care Center in Panama City. Mr. Spradlin was born July 3, 1940, was raised in Hogansville, and attended Hogansville High School. He was a resident of the Atlanta area before making his home in Panama City Beach several years ago, and was a retired sales representative. He is remembered as a kind-hearted person who was willing to help anyone. Survivors include his children, Stanley Spradlin and Steven Spradlin, both of Atlanta, and Rebecca Johnson of Morrisville, North Carolina; brothers, Sammy Spradlin of Hogansville, Bobby Whitten of Douglasville, Marty Whitten of Newnan, and Todd Whitten of Panama City Beach; and several grand- children and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Spradlin; daughters, Cheryl Freeman and Cynthia Spradlin; his mother, Nellie Fuller Spradlin Whitten; father, Lanier Spradlin; and brother, Rickey Spradlin. A memorial service will be conducted at 12 p.m., Saturday, August 9, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 until 12 Saturday morning. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Polly Staley DeLoach Nov. 25,1936- July 31, 2014 Beloved Great Grandmother Mrs. Polly Staley DeLoach, 77, of Perry, died Thursday, July 31, at Twin Fountains Home in LaGrange. Born Nov. 25, 1936, in Newnan, Mrs. DeLoach was the daughter of the late James and Rubye Brown Staley. She lived most of her adult life in Perry, where she owned and operated Hair By Polly and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Perry. She enjoyed painting and gardening and adored her family, especially her great-grandchildren. Survivors include her daughters and son in-law, Allyson and Dave Williams of Cochran, Tori DeLoach of Hogansville; sisters, Dell Kerr of Fayetteville, Peggy Harris and Linda ill, both of Hogansville; brothers, Tommy Staley of Tyrone, Mike Staley of Hogansville; two grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. The family will host a memorial service on Saturday, August 9th. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville is in charge of arrangements A Russell Edward Miller Feb. 25, 1965 - Aug. 2, 2014 Man Who Loved to Make Others Laugh Mr. Russell Edward Miller, 49, of Hogansville, died Saturday, August 2, at his home. Born Feb. 25, 1965 in LaGrange and a resident of Georgia most of hislife, Mr. Miller lived in Louisiana for five years and in Kansas for five years. He had been employed at Georgia- Pacific in Durand, was a member of Baptist Tabernacle ChUrch in LaGrange, and was a former member of First Baptist Church of Hogansville, where he had worked with the youth in AWANA. He had participated in Relay for Life and is remem- bered for sense of humor and his desire to make everyone laugh. Survivors include his children, Sarah Miller of Hapeville, Brian Hudson and his wife, Becky of LaGrange, Cassie Boone and Lamar Stapler of LaGrange, and Tommy Hudson of Jacksonville, FL; his mother and step-father, Lana and Thomas Winkles of HogansviUe; his father and step-mother, Larry Miller and Gay Cobb of Springfield, MO; sister, Sondra and Joe Lee of HogansviUe; half-sister, Melanie and Jeff Haskers of Camdenton, MO; step-sister, Debbie and Randy Kee of Grantville; step-brother, Andy Winkles of Newnan; and grand- children, Serena, Itallia, Collin, Damon, Andrew, and Ayden. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, at Baptist Tabernacle Church in LaGrange. The Reverend Jimmy McMillian and The Reverend Bobby Bozeman officiated and interment was in Hillview East Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. Second Annual Red Fox Fun Run Comes to State Park By ANDY KOBER including a 1K route and a and includes a commemora- The group must contain 5K route, with both routes tive t=shirt. For those not six or more people. ED.Roosevelt StatePark inside the campground, wanting the t-shirt, the early ,. has scheduled the second Participants can run or walk registration fee is $10. Early CHECK-IN on the day of annual Red Fox Fun Run for either route, registration must be com- the Red Fox Fun Run begins Saturday, August 30. pleted by Aug. 22 to receive at 7 a.m. with the run begin- The Red Fox Fun Run THE EVENT is open to the t-shirt, ning at 8 a.m. begins at the fishing dock on all ages and prizes will be There is a group regis- To register, or for more Lake Delanor in the family awarded to youth ages14 and trationspecialof$15perper- information, contact ED. campground off Ga. Hwy. under, son which includes the com- Roosevelt State Park at 706- 354. There are two routes, Early registration is $25 memorative t-shirt. 663-4858. i Please submit your church news items to news@star-mercury.corn by noon Tuesday. Items should pertain to special events, not routine services. Keep it brief. More people will read it. Fifty words or less is best. Remember, all Ten Commandments total only 89 words. Please do not use "Georgia" in local loca- tions; we know you mean Pine Mountain, Georgia, not Pine Mountain, Minnesota. And don't put "2014" with upcoming dates. We know your event will be in June of 2014, not June of 2047. Claude A. McKibben & Sons Funeral Home 208 Johnson Street Hogansville, Georgia We Sell All Types of Tires D HUBBARD & SPINKS Parts.Service 1115 E. Main St, Phone: a0gans e, GA30230 (706) 637-6379 Member ~1C An ~ua] H(msing Lender~ Downtown Hogansv le 706-637-6544 )