Preface: This article was first published Monday, November 03, 2014 here: http://www.mbcpathway.com by John Yeates, Executive Director at Missouri Baptist Convention. John directs the MBC’s missionary staff; administers CP funds given by MBC churches; serves as publisher of The Pathway, the official news journal of the MBC; and sets the state’s strategy for fulfilling the Acts 1:8 mission mandate at . It has been adapted here by me. ... phh
Every morning, the Wall Street Journal arrives at my office. I read it to capture a relatively balanced view of cultural trends and financial markets in the U.S. and the world. Needless to say, I was shocked that the Journal ran articles about Southern Baptists and Apple Corporation’s Tim Cook on the same page. Interestingly, Cook’s “coming out” announcement was actually verification of old news. Running a story about Southern Baptists above the fold was a shock.
The headline read, “Southern Baptists Soften Tone on Gays.” Really? Unlike the Roman Catholics who change at the whim of a pontiff, Southern Baptists on the whole have changed nothing because our core belief system is based on the unchanging absolutes of God’s word. At the very least, the headline is misleading.
Consequently, allow me to list five simple things to remember about Baptists, especially in the context of the social confusion created by a small minority of American citizens:
Will Baptists withdraw from the discussion? Not on your life! And do not mistake our compassion for people as acquiescence of our biblical convictions.
As part of convictional living, Baptist have a history of promoting justice and the common good. We work for laws that are historically founded and generationally positive. We cannot shrink from the responsibility that God has called us to lead people to repentance and faith in Christ. Remember, the law is to be a tutor to show people what unrighteousness looks like.
As Baptists living in a representative form of government, we promote laws for better health for women and the lives of children in the womb. We encourage legislators to protect the aged from social engineers who devalue the life of those who no longer make a recognized contribution to society. We oppose elected officials who abuse the power of their office by rewriting policy and by failing to enforce Constitutional measures the citizenry has overwhelmingly adopted. We applaud statutes that protect minors from abusive persons. The list of good practices that promote the common good is huge, and Baptists are involved with a history of being convictional people more than culturally relevant.
As I wrote this article, news broke about the 276 school girls that were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria. The leader, Abubakar Shekau, dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released. He boasted that these young girls were married off as the spoils of war.
Such a notion is anathema where biblical Christianity flourishes. If anyone questions the importance of Baptists being Baptists, point them to the tragedy of a culture that exists for the whims of human deviance.
Let us continue to be convictionally compassionate and diligent intercessors so “that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (1 Timothy 2:2-3)
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13
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