Today in Nashville, Tennessee there is a small (4,700 students) faith based Christian university that had its beginnings in 1891 through the efforts of David Lipscomb.
Lipscomb was born a southern and lived during the Civil War. He was a member of a group that opposed war. Lipscomb also was a minister and was preaching at one time in a church in Columbia, Tennessee. Confederate troops were in the area at this time. Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forest sent a subordinate to hear him speak. This person was sent with the expressed purpose of hoping to determine if Lipscomb was advocating treason to the South, to the Confederacy.
The soldier who had been sent to “check” on Lipscomb reported back to Forest saying:
“I have not reached a conclusion as to whether or not the doctrine of his
is loyal to the Southern Confederacy, but I am profoundly
convinced that he (Lipscomb) is loyal to his Christian religion.”
Crying in the Wilderness--Robert E. Hooper
It was said of Lipscomb that his life and his actions were always consistent with his words.
You know sometimes one can be in disagreement with another, but because of the convictions with which one speaks, they merit the respect of others.
June 30, 2016