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By Chuck Hinman

Wisdom of Bunk King

One doesn't read far in the Bible, old or new testaments, before one discovers that wisdom is to be desired and is associated with age and experience.

For example:
Wisdom is to be desired

I Peter 5:1-5 (NIV) To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed; Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers -- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Proverbs 16:16 (NIV) How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding than silver.
An old man who knew what he was talking about

In our church, New Harmony Baptist Church in rural Bartlesville, Oklahoma, I became aware that a wonderful old man, Bunk King, was the kind of man the Bible refers to as an elder -- not a preacher elder but a lay elder. Bunk passed away a number of years ago but his influence on our church is still felt.

In some ways, Bunk gave the appearance of a tottering old man who was in his declining years. And on the other hand, when he spoke, which was often, you quickly took note that this old man knew what he was talking about. He had wisdom born out of experience.

In Training Union on Sunday nights when Bunk appeared to his daughter, Corene Watters, to be usurping the teacher's position, she would softly admonish -- "Hush, Daddy, you are talking too much!" He seldom paid her much heed and continued to express his feeling on the subject being discussed. I had a hunch that we were hearing wisdom born out of experience and I suspected that we would do well to heed what he had to say. I wanted to say, "Corene, let your daddy speak!"

A wonderful idea not so wonderful on second thought

One time at a business meeting, a letter was read inviting our church to join a nearby country Baptist church in joint services on an alternating basis on Sunday nights. It sounded like a wonderful idea. Both of our churches had small attendance, especially on Sunday nights. The fellowship would have been wonderful.

But that was before Bunk King spoke. He gave an impassioned plea. He said our church had a history of having services twice on Sundays ever since the church was formed many, many years ago; he added that people expected when they drove by the church on Sunday nights New Harmony would be 'open for business'; he warned that closing the church on Sunday night for any reason could be the reason for further closings -- such as Super Bowl games -- family Christmas gatherings -- New Year's celebrations -- or Easter Sundays when we had already had large attendance at the morning service. He concluded by saying if we close the doors for 'this,' it won't be long until we think of reasons to close it for 'that'!

What wisdom and from such a little old man -- elder Bunk King! Bless his heart! His wisdom was so logical, you wondered why the rest of us hadn't thought that through.

The church voted unanimously to decline the invitation to join that other church for Sunday Evening services.

Few Sunday night closures at New Harmony church

You can count on one hand the number of times New Harmony Baptist Church has been closed on Sunday nights and most of those have been for inclement weather. New Harmony is well and thriving in the Hogshooter area -- thanks for wisdom of elders like Bunk King.

In perilous stormy times such as now, you can count on the 'lights being on' at New Harmony Baptist Church -- like a light house faithfully proclaiming the good news that -- JESUS SAVES!

Written by Chuck Hinman. Emailed Sunday, 15 February 2009. This revision based upon a version emailed Wednesday, 31 August 2011.

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