Oby featured at McCoy Lectures

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University and First Baptist Church in Plainview hosted the 10th annual McCoy Lecture Series on Wednesday with the Reverend Carlton Oby serving as the guest speaker.

Established through First Baptist Church by a donation from the late Dr. Dorothy McCoy, who served as a professor of mathematics at Wayland, the McCoy Lecture series seeks to honor her passion for missions and sharing the Gospel.

Reverend Carlton Oby is the Associate Executive Director of Mercy Street in West Dallas, named the 11th poorest community in the nation. On Wednesday morning he addressed Wayland students about the importance of loving one another and reaching out not only across the world, but in their own neighborhoods to touch the lives of people in need.

In the regularly scheduled chapel meeting, Oby drew from Mathew 22 verses 37-39 in which Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God and the second is to love one another.

“What God asks us to do is love Him and love other people,” Oby said.

He said once people truly understand the depth of God’s love, it is easy to love him in return. The difficult task, he said, is to love other people.

“As flawed humans, we have a tendency to love those who love us,” Oby said. “But God has called us to so much more. He has called us to love the last, the least and the lost.”
Oby quoted numerous scripture to point out the importance of taking care of those who are less fortunate and to look out for the needs of others wherever they may be.
“Love should not only take you across the globe and across the sea, but it should also take you across the room,” he said.

He closed his address with a two-fold challenge to the student and to the church as a whole, saying that not every student will make a million dollars, but they all can do something great for the kingdom of God. He then challenged the church as a whole to embrace the whole Gospel in order to change the world.

“Remember the ‘faith’ and do not forget the last, the lost and the least,” he said.