Rev. Dr. Whalen Jones
By Tori Bailey, MHA, MSLM
Community Consultant – Guest Religion Writer
On Monday, December 20, I heard the most amazing sermon delivered by the Rev. Dr. Whalen Jones, the 101-year-old organizing pastor of Messiah Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
The sermon was delivered at the Baptist Ministers Conference under the leadership of Pastor Marvis Davis, president. The site was Beulah Baptist Church hosted by Pastor Robert and First Lady Taylor.
President Davis has begun a tradition that is near and dear to my heart and that is paying homage to the “Living Legends,” our elders, our foundations.
Rev. Jones preached, he most definitely did. His topic was on “Sufficiency” and he really did not have to convince me that God is sufficient, because I live it and breathe it everyday.
The wonderment of the Lord is beyond comprehension for those without a direct relationship. Be equally yoked. Be obedient. Do not jump to conclusions with assumptions nor presumptions. Be kind and respectful to one another. This is Dr. Jones sustenance, his daily living, he is a true man of God and his sermon was a confirmation, affirmation, and perhaps to some, a new way of living.
Rev. Dr. Jones is an amazing and vibrant spirit and you can feel the unpretentiousness of how he lives in this world. I truly believe that his spirit is free and that alone will add years to your life.
He has such a marvelous outlook and when I asked him his secret to his longevity he informed me that he did not believe his genealogy nor his diet had anything to do with it, but he keeps joy in his heart everyday. He informed me, “I eat hot dogs, pancakes, and anything else I have a taste for!”
This is a man of God that I could sit at his right hand indefinitely and never grow weary. If you get a chance, visit him at Messiah for a refresher from the day to day chaos and pay your respects as we, as a people, have done in the past. Eliminate faulty thought patterns of , “I do not go around ‘old’ people and I do not go and deal with those ‘youngsters.'” Consciously try to treat people with forthrightness and compassionate concern.
I am a five-year discipleship student and I love nothing more than to get excited for the Lord. This was one of those moments that made my adrenalin flow.
Have a happy and prosperous New Year!
Tori Bailey is author of “100 Years of Wisdom: Is California a Blue Zone Area?
Focus on our community members over 100 years of age”