Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

January 23, 2013

Forgiven

He's welcome without horse

ASHLAND — More than two years after an intoxicated Harold Goode disrupted the Sunday morning services at Ellisburg Baptist Church in Casey County, Goode returned to the church to apologize for his actions and to ask members to forgive him.

When Goode rode into the church in Hustonsville on horseback in the middle of a sermon in 2010, armed with a gun and drunk, the pastor called police and Goode was arrested.

On Sunday, Goode stood before the church and said he had asked God for his forgiveness and pleaded for church members to also forgive him. Not only did members of the small church forgive Goode, they are hoping he will join the church and become a regular.

Of course, there are some limits to the church’s forgiveness. The horse still is not welcome in the church and members expect Goode to be sober when at church. Beyond that, Goode is welcome at the church. After all, that’s what redemption is all about.

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