Baptist Press is reporting that Judge George Greer - whose rulings set today's removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube - has withdrawn his membership from Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Fla.
William E. Rice, who became Calvary’s pastor last September, confirmed that a letter from Greer withdrawing his longstanding membership was received by the church March 17.Rice, in an interview with Baptist Press March 18, said he sent a letter to Greer several days after the judge commented about his church involvement in a front-page article in the St. Petersburg Times March 6.A column by Rice challenging the removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was published by the Florida Baptist Witness online March 14 and in its print edition March 17. Rice said Greer did not reference the column and may not have read it when he wrote his letter withdrawing his membership from the church.
And so the worm turns ... there are no winners in this fight, not the Judge, nor the church, nor Pastor Rice, nor the State of Florida, nor the Schindlers, nor the USA, and especially not Terri.
Oh LORD, can you forgive us for our transgression against You in this case? Will You cleanse and heal? Will You nurture and teach? Will you continue to sustain Terri and her family?
Oh LORD, will You do one of Your great works and feed Terri through an unseen feeding tube? Will You cause all of this to work together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purposes? Supply Thy mercy and patience at this time our Lord and our God.