When someone reaches the glorious age of 103, they need to be revered not punished and put through emotional hardship. No matter what happened with 103 year old congregant and former teacher Genora Hamm Biggs and her minister,Tim Mattox ( a former student of hers), he should never have had her banned from the church she and her family founded, just because she spoke out and told him about things she didn’t like that he was doing and what was happening to the church.
Apparently Genora who attended the church for 93 years was dissatisfied with how the church evolved – from Baptist to another form of Christianity. She openly spoke her mind to her minister and criticized him. Perhaps she still saw him as a student whom she could criticize. Perhaps Mattox never liked Ms. Hamm Biggs and now that he was in a position of authority, took his revenge.
I believe that this is scenario is highly possible because it seems like such an extreme reaction to an elderly woman speaking her mind. In essence it is a Toxic Power trip whereby Mattox wanted to let her know that he is the boss now and in charge.
But what he has done is committed the biggest sin in my view. This is not how loving Christians act. Instead it is an act of hate and act of hypocrisy. It has emotionally destroyed Ms. Hamm Biggs,
Mattox had many other choices besides banning her from the church- which is God’s home, not Reverend Mattox’s home. Any true loving religious figure (Minister, priest or Rabbi) would have expressed his feeling about being criticized in a private conversation to Ms. Hamm Biggs. They may have even ignore and chalked her up to being a feisty or even cranky old woman. Others may have even been more sensitive and considered that maybe she had some medical or psychological issues that needed compassion, not punishment. Still others may have showered her with even more love and kindness and turned the other cheek to her criticisms. A true man of the cloth would NEVER have kicked out and elderly congregant.
It was a too extreme reaction for someone just expressing themselves and offering criticism. That is why I believe there was a personal grudge Mattox had against his former childhood teacher. In a more cowardly act, he even hid behind a band of 7 of his kiss -up followers who put their signatures on a letter to inform her not never come back to the church
No matter what his personal feelings were towards her, he What he did was unacceptable as he brought this woman pain and anguish. For anyone who has ever been fired from their job, or let go due to downsizing, or let go due to unfair and unjust actions, you know what Ms. Hamm Biggs must be going through.
At first she was shocked and then she was angry. She even ignored everything and went back to the church. Petty and Toxic Mattox even called the police on her. The police in turn saw how ugly Mattox was being and told him that he would not do that.
This could not have been more humiliating to this woman who spent her live in this church since she was a young girl. What has upset this woman is that Mattox is a minister who is not following the tenants of the Baptist Church. The church, Union Grove Baptist Church has a minister who is not following the Baptist teachings and this is upsetting Ms. Hamm Biggs.
So one can understand why she openly criticized what was going on in her church which she prayed in the baptist way for 93 years. It would be like a reform Rabbi preaching to a group of highly religious Orthodox congregants and they not liking what the new Rabbi was doing.
A solution to this problem would be that this church gets another minister who is Baptist and who can follow the faith and have Mr. Mattox begin his own non-Baptist church. That would be a win- win situation.
The fact that this man unjustly threw this elderly woman out of a church due to her religious beliefs may have some possible legal implications. Perhaps she can sue the minister and the church for discrimination of some sort or for violating her First Amendment Rights. With the money she would receive from hopefully winning the legal case, perhaps she could put it towards building a new Baptist Church and hire a new Baptist minister.
When people like Mr. Mattox put religion ahead of humanity, they are missing the whole point of what it is to be religious and have faith in a higher power. Ministers are supposed to offer peace and love and they are to be a source of comfort, not pain. Mr. Mattox cased Ms. Hamm Biggs a huge amount of emotional pain and owes her a big apology. Hopefully this matter will be solved soon so that Ms. Mattox can live out the rest of her life without this unnecessary emotional distress caused by Tim Mattox.