The inspired Apostle gives us both exhortation and warning. He writes: >>>
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall (1 Co 10:12)
Our hearts are directed first to the victims of this moral and criminal lapse. Though it taxes our minds in discovering appropriate words to collectively express our disappointment, our anger, our frustration, we nonetheless are morally obliged to do so. We hurt for and with the victims.
We also possess a moral obligation to denounce as sinful and depraved this criminal act allegedly carried out by William "Billy" Birch, one of our own in the Southern Baptist faith community. Not only so, according to reports, Birch has fully confessed to the immoral crime.
And, while confession is good for one's soul, we must not hastily assume confession equals grounds for restoration nor that restoration to the Christian community equals restoration within the Christian community. In other words, even assuming full restoration takes place, one cannot be guaranteed a seat at the table of Christian leadership.
Finally, we are obligated to pray and faint not. May our Lord be pleased in all.
With that, I am...