Some hefty events have taken place since I last posted. In fact, I've only posted six times this year, one piece being the thoughts of a guest contributor. Nonetheless, I've forged some fairly strong conclusions about some of the more significant happenings in and around the Southern Baptist Convention, including but not limited to, my own place of employment. A lot of people have tried to "pick my brain" about Brewton-Parker College and the criticism surrounding the events of the last two months. And at times, I confess, it's the proverbial razor's edge I must walk, not allowing rumor to stand on one hand while not saying too much on the other, the too much being defined as privileged information I naturally incur due to my position. Know my position at BPC I will continue to respect and remain reserved with what I might say on my private site lest others claim I'm speaking officially as Vice President of Communications.
While I presently have little spare time to devote to SBC Tomorrow, I have no intentions of going away (most of my time presently is spent on launching our new college website). I still have lots of research into old Baptist documents to post. It's only a matter of time before I do.
In the future, I probably won't post as much about convention politics or controversial matters--at least those "controversial" matters which amount to a gnat's breath beyond rumor. And, I'm done ever again focusing my energy on personality or celebrity issues --Christian or not.
The last few years in social media have produced a less than visible but surely undeniably ugly albatross the Church must carry around her neck in the foreseeable future. The constant "calling to public repentance" by some professing Christians, Christian-based groups and organizations while at the same time stalking, harassing, ridiculing, and displaying hate-filled, obsessive behavior toward those they claim to "love" has so discredited the pure gospel, mocked the true Church, twisted biblical discipline, created real skepticism, wounded the weary, and deepened the root of sin in the sinner that the Christian message of a genuine hope, actual healing, and the promise of eternal heaven that our faith guarantees remains thoroughly painted over with gallons and gallons of expired latex.
In short, from the world's vantage point, while they readily acknowledge a gap in belief systems between them and the Church, they concede no gap in their behavior systems. Indeed in many respects, from the world's perspective, their moral behavior toward others far outshines the Christian's behavior toward others--especially toward other Christians. And I cannot, with an honest mind, unreservedly challenge their claim--at least in this instance.
Hence, I, for one, am both spiritually sickened and morally ashamed.
May my Lord forgive me.
May He forgive all.
I trust under God that the things I write in the future will honor both truth and grace...both what is right and what is necessary...both what is just and what is merciful...both what is edifying to the saints and glorifying to the Lord of the Church...