January 27, 2003
Prior to their association Dupree believed in God, believed in the promise of salvation, believed that it was good to serve Him, but he saw little evidence of God's goodness in this life. He remained yet faithful. He just figured that, for his ilk, the benefits of salvation awaited them in the hereafter. The hard evidence was all around him. His neighbors scuffled and scraped on the same tiny sharecropper's plots year after year to make a crop, and, if the bad weather didn't take it, any profits gained were taken up to pay up some debt. More's the pity.