Despite newly elected president Dr. Frank Page’s promise to show people what Southern Baptist are for, instead of what we are against, many others at the recently completed convention felt the need to condemn beer and blogs.
I am so sick of stupid stuff like this going on in the body of Christ.
First on the alcohol. I have never drank any alcoholic beverage in my life. I have no desire to do so, either. I would encourage other believers to follow a similar pattern. It makes things easier and prevents possible problems.
Having said all that, I do not have the right to force my convictions on another believer. The Holy Spirit is able to work in each Christian’s life to make them more like Christ. He is capable of doing that, I am not.
For some reason the Southern Baptist Convention felt the need to go beyond what the Bible says and pass a resolution in “total opposition to the manufacturing, advertising, distributing and consuming of alcoholic beverages.”
My employeer, a Southern Baptist entity, has a no alcohol policy. I have no problem with that. If each entity whats to determine a policy for their employees they are fully within their rights to do that. But the convention does not have the Biblical mandate to instruct every Southern Baptist to not drink at all.
As a convention, we have passed regulations that would disallow Jesus from serving on one of our boards and another (about private prayer languages) that would forbid Paul as serving as a missionary. Why is that not troubling to more people?
Also, outgoing president Dr. Bobby Welch decided to take some potshots at a relatively small contingent of bloggers that helped to push some of the issues to the forefront of the national convention.
In his presidential address, he showed a contempt for technology:
Welch said he’d been wondering about Southern Baptists and that if “we’d spend less time on these websites that we’d be able to spend more time witnessing?
“Do you think if we spent less time blogging we might have more time to do some baptizing?
“Do you think if we spent less time fumbling around with those computers we might have more converts?”
Welch advised the crowd not to gloat that he’s chiding “them bloggin’ boys. Why, you run around with that wireless telephone up in your ear all day long like a pacifier.
“You think if we’d spend less time with those wireless telephones and more time on the street we wouldn’t win more people to Jesus?”
What activity cannot be forced into those terms? “If we spend a little less time playiing with our children we might have more time to witness.” “If we didn’t read some many theology books and write so many philosophical papers we could baptize a few more people.”
It appears many (at least in leadership positions) in my denomination view technology as “frum thu Debil,” as the Waterboy’s mama would say, instead of viewing it as a means to evangelize and tell others about Jesus.
Why spend part of your farewell address chiding people for using technology to impact others for Jesus? Why is that needed?
It’s not as if this was some off-the-cuff remark either. This was a planned message. You can see how he groups the things together with aliteration: websites/witnessing, blogging/baptizing, computers/converts, wireless telephone/winning people to Jesus. He spoke as if those were conflicting opposites.
I’m sure that Dr. Welch is a wonderful man, who loves Jesus and wants to serve Him. I’m sure the vast majority of the people at the convention are the same way. But I shudder to think where ideas like this will lead my denomination.
Is it any wonder why baptisms are down and why younger people are flocking to nondenominational churches? You have leaders that chastise them for being in the world, without being of the world.
I’m sick of politics in Church and I am sick of taking a stand on nonessentials, while we ignore essentials. So sick it makes me want to drink or at least the next most rebellious thing – blog.