Moral Contradictions

Monday, May 16, 2005

An oldie but a goodie

I've only recently started to seriously follow the Southern Baptist's rhetoric and follies, but I just learned something about last year's pull-out of the Baptist World Alliance.

When I originally heard the story last summer, I thought they were talking about some small fringe Baptist group that was "too liberal" for them... I didn't realize it was the CBF's inclusion that drove them out. Wow...

Paige Patterson told the Convention that "What you give your money and name to, you give tacit approval to."

So, do you give tacit approval to such atrocities as Enron/WorldCom/etc? Or how about approval of a global capitalistic system that has teenage girls working long hours in sweatshops all over Asia so we can buy Abercrombie and Fitch at somewhat affordable prices? Do you give tacit approval on measures that greatly benefit the rich while shortchanging the poor? Or how about politicians who want to tell workers who work 50 hours one week and 30 the next that it balances out to 40 hours and they aren't getting overtime? Do I even need to mention the Iraqi War and the civil war that is occuring?

When you start judging others in a wholesale way, you leave yourself to be judged in the same manner.

Besides, what's so offensive about the CBF? Is it that it continues to further the original goal of Baptists? Or is it because it doesn't tell churches what to believe through seminary-trained pastors? Or could it be because they realize that God is the ultimate judge and we should be concerned with our own salvation?

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