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Pastor Clark Schultz
by Pastor Clark Schultz
May 18, 2024

While visiting Charleston recently, I heard the unique legend and mystery of former Vice President John C. Calhoun’s grave. Calhoun was buried in Washington D.C. and then exhumed and moved to Charleston to a “strangers” grave—one for people who were not Charleston natives.

Then during the Civil War, his body was again exhumed and moved to an unmarked grave in a “friendly” graveyard as a precaution against any Union troop desecration. This graveyard was reserved for members of the congregation who were born in Charleston. According to legend, after the war Calhoun’s body was moved back to its current sight—the “strangers” graveyard. 

The Bible reminds us that we are “aliens and temporary residents” (1 Peter 2:11 EHV). Some Bible translations use the word strangers. There’s even a popular hymn by Thomas R. Taylor that says, “I’m but a stranger here; heaven is my home.”

For the believer, there will be no shuffling from grave to grave, just this:For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). The war is over. The battle is won. We are on the winning side, and Jesus himself says, “I have called you friends” (John 15:15).

My grave or yours, be confident that the only time we will be moved is when Jesus welcomes us home.  

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