Moral Contradictions

Monday, June 19, 2006

Usurping the power of the Gospel

Streak pointed out a paragraph I somehow missed in an post I read earlier from Baptist Blogger. Though I am not as theologically conservative, it is interesting to watch those without power in the Southern Baptist Convention realize something many moderates have understood for years - the SBC is eating it's own.

The post highlights a point that I've wrestled with for a long time. My contention is that there seems to be a mentality of "I'm going to heaven if I vote for the right candidate and warm my pew every Sunday". The ability and power of the Church, which God clearly gave us, has taken a backseat in lieu of Washington, DC.

Why are so many Christians trying to dominate society through man-made government instead of affecting and changing society through Christ's Church? That, to me, isn't biblical.

Baptist Blogger writes:

The Southern Baptist Convention has relegated Christian liberty in Christ to confessional oblivion and those who are willing to engage seriously in a discussion of its meaning and limit are characterized as an ungodly, immoral, unholy, and impure bunch of bootleggers peddling liquid licentiousness. Yet when the stars and stripes are waved, or 'God Bless America' is sung, tears roll down cheeks and hands are lifted high.

We are, it seems, no different that the German Church at the close of the Weimar Republic. Nationalism is our religion. The Gospel is now emptied of its power to set the captives free. This disturbs me more than the resolution itself. In fact, I could have stomached two years of the runner-up much easier than to stand in the convention hall and watch my fellow messengers rise to their feet when the death of Al-Zarquawi is announced. A soul is sent to hell, and we do not grieve. We cheer."

The SBC of yesterday allowed discussion, dissent, and honest yet biblical discourse. The SBC of today does not.

The SBC of yesterday engaged in all aspects of our country's moral issues - the SBC of today does not.

The SBC of yesterday understood that the only reason Baptists got together in the first place was to do missions, yet the SBC of today does not.

The SBC of yesterday understood hat a large doctrinal umbrella through cooperation was an effective tool for reaching the lost, yet the SBC of today does not.

The SBC of today is more culturally based than Baptist based. There's a reason why most Baptist historians are moderate - they study how Baptists got started, why they were persecuted, what they stood for, and look at the Southern Baptist Convention and realize that its abandoned its heritage in favor of political back-stabbing, unbiblical doctrines, power moves, and culturally conservative norms.

The SBC of yesterday was a powerful instrument of which to advance God's Kingdom - now, it risks dividing itself into obscurity, all because a few leaders sought complete control and power.


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