Only here in Roanoke could an old evangelical church be where modernity, or what passes for the same in this locale, is carried out. With no building codes and lacking the political will and courage to enforce the mild nuisance ordinances that seem to take forever to work, the community finally gets in gear via First Baptist Church, the story being reported by Penny Pool of The Randolph Leader.
While I surely don't want to see historical quality buildings torn down and do even like the idea of rehabilitating even the less that historical when possible, I think the story being reported is a good start. With a few exceptions, downtown is a disaster and an eyesore that reflects exactly where our community is seemingly headed. Why our "leadership" hasn't rose to the challenges is beyond me yet I do feel positive toward FBC, the church I grew up in. I'm still a recovering Southern Baptist and think Richard Land is an idiot
so doubt I'll be darkening the doors. However, even to this eclectically wired spirit, "The Lord moves in mysterious ways!" might hold some truth. Peace ... or War!