The SBC Grows Even Stranger
Just when you thought some Christian groups couldn’t get any weirder and farther from biblical faith, come the highlights of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention (a denomination I once called my own).
- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX will now offer a degree in homemaking for pastors’ wives. I know. This sounds like a fake news story for The Onion or a routine on Saturday Night Live. But truth is stranger than fiction and this one is stranger than snake shoes, folks.
- The SBC continued its call for an exodus from public schools for homeschooling. They openly proclaimed a plan to bankrupt the public school system. If I comment on this, I will lose my temper and say something that will get me in trouble. Let me just say how much I appreciated my own public school education, how much I love volunteering to assist the debate team and Quick Recall teams at my daughter’s public middle school, and how proud I am to belong to a congregation where the Youth Minister and Children’s Minister are also both public school teachers and that several other public school teachers are members. If your congregation would like to help support our vital public schools, click here. Shutting up now, before I start cursing.
- Showing the results of poor education, the SBC passed a resolution denying the science which shows global warming/catastrophic climate change. Be here next year when the SBC proclaims that the world is flat, the earth revolves around the sun, and 2 +2=5.
- There is (shock, shock), another power struggle going on in the SBC. It is not between progressives (or even centrists) and fundamentalists, as when progressive and centrist (i.e., traditional Baptists) in the SBC struggled during the ’80s and early ’90s to keep fundamentalists from taking over the Convention. They/we failed. But some conservatives in the SBC are struggling to keep the convention from becoming even more rightwing and cultic. But, significantly, this group has not challenged the militaristic Bibles being published by the SBC’s publishing arm or other blatant forms of idolatry. So, I see these “young reformers” as rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
- Finally, in a show of nationalist idolatry, the SBC was addressed by a sitting U.S. President who thanked the SBC for partisan political support. (These are the heirs of martyrs for religious liberty and church-state separation?) The SBC has previously been addressed by the non-churchgoing Ronald Reagan and the Episcopalian George H.W. Bush. Significantly, no Baptist president, whether Truman, Carter, or Clinton, ever attempted to influence the work of the convention with political pressure in that way.
In other Baptist news, Ruth Graham, late wife of evangelist Billy Graham, has passed away at the age of 87. Although I sometimes admired and at other times strongly disagreed with her husband, I always believed that Ruth Graham was a very gracious woman whose Christian witness shown through loudly. Rest in peace, Christian sister.
All this bizarre, cult-like, behavior coming from the largest Protestant body in the U.S., gives non-fundamentalist Baptists even more reason to present the world a different face at January’s celebration of the New Baptist Covenant.
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