By Faye Gaston
Wayne Roberts delivered a sermon to the City of Union Springs as he had advertised for three weeks. On Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., about forty folks gathered on the corner across from McDonald's to hear his sermon. Others listened from parking lots.
Rev. Louis Pugh prayed the opening prayer, Wayne's daughter Laurie and granddaughter Cheyanne sang gospel songs. Barry Culpepper operated the sound system. Wayne's wife Susan read two letters published on August 16, 2000, in Union Springs Herald newspaper concerning the condition of the city written by Randy Priori and Wayne Roberts.
Wayne's letter published 21 years ago stated that "Union Springs is at a crossroads." He used II Chronicles 7:14 as his theme then and for the 2021 sermon: "If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
He wrote, "If the Christians will put Union Springs in the hands of God, they will see great changes. If not, we will continue to see a decline in the economy and quality of Union Springs. "His 2021 sermon continued the warning of the letter in the 2000 newspaper as conditions in the city declined. He cited the problems of corruption in the city, witchcraft, racism, problems resulting from illegal drugs and the legal drug of alcohol, shot houses, and crimes of all kinds of evil. He said God blesses obedience to Him and curses disobedience to Him. If the citizens of Union Springs do not humble themselves and repent of their sins, God's judgment is coming. God will reveal sins done in secret. He said this warning is "something everybody needs to hear, plain and simple." He said that years ago, he had to "humble himself and pray for forgiveness" for his sin of excessive drinking of alcohol for about three years. He almost lost his life and his wife. He "turned from his wicked ways," and God healed him physically and healed his marriage.
He has lived II Chronicles 7:14 and prays that Union Springs will do the same. He appreciates that Union Springs Mayor Roderick Clark was present for the 2021 sermon to the City. The mayor has backed up his preaching from day one, "one-hundred percent" on this corner on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Wayne is celebrating Thanksgiving with family and preparing for preaching following the week of Thanksgiving.