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On Sunday, April 24, 2022, SU CEO Virginia Kase Solomón spoke at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where Bishop Barber serves as pastor. You can read his speech or watch the full video below.
I want to begin by thanking Bishop Barber for inviting me to speak with all of you today, and thank you all for listening, and my husband Michael for accompanying me on the trip here. Most importantly, I want to give thanks to almighty God for all the blessings he has placed in my life.
I must admit that I prayed a lot to know what to say to you today. You see I’m not a preacher and honestly you have Bishop Barber and Reverend Uzzell every week and I really can’t imagine what I could say to you when you have such mighty servants of the Lord to provide you with wisdom and advice. So, I will do my best and hope not to disappoint.
Today I want to tell you about Trojans.
Many of you know the story of the Trojan horse in ancient Greek mythology. But for those of you who don’t know the story, in the 10th year of the Trojan War, the Greeks found themselves frustrated that they were unable to defeat the Trojans and take their city. So they devised a plan to build a large wooden horse where their best soldiers could hide. The Greeks then burned their camp and fled to a nearby island to make the Trojans think they had surrendered. The wooden horse was supposed to be a gift to the goddess Athena. When the Trojans brought the giant horse into the city, many cried foul. They thought it was a ruse, but nothing happened. Then, when the city quieted down, in the dark of night, they dismounted from the Trojan horse and took the city. The victory was theirs.
You see, sometimes to win the battle you have to be a Trojan horse.
Throughout the Bible there are stories of people who acted like Trojan horses.
Take Nehemiah for example, he was a Trojan horse. After Nehemiah heard that the wall of Jerusalem was destroyed and the gates burned, he was devastated. But God had favored Nehemiah and placed him in an interesting position. He was the king’s cupbearer and he was a favourite. So when he asked the king if he could return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall, the king said yes. Not only did the king say yes, but he sent Nehemiah with all the resources he needed to do the job. Now that was a big deal and actually upset a lot of powerful people. Here comes this cupbearer who has been placed in a position of authority to rebuild the wall.
Now he didn’t rebuild the wall on his own. He asked many people to help him. We know some of their names but we will never know many more. This is the other side of the job. Many are called but not everyone’s name is remembered. And it doesn’t matter. When you walk in your purpose, you do not do so for your personal glory. This does not mean that your work is less valuable than those placed in a position of visibility.
But back to Nehemiah. He was clear in his purpose and he had a whole team – a team of people who were equally invested in rebuilding the wall. Because of this, there was a lot of opposition. I mean, here come these ordinary ordinary people who come to take good contracts from the “elite”. Those who thought that if anyone should benefit, it should be them.