It’s done …

What happens when you marginalize by categorizing so that your numbers of participants reflect your narrow pedagogy? You may portend to speak for much larger numbers but cannot get them to participate out of fear of being labeled by thoughtful dissent. Certainly the criticism will arise, “why did you not go, vote your conscience, speak your mind.” Point taken. Spend time with those who lead in those circles and you will find your answer.

So, what happens? We vote to disconnect from the organization we helped to found because in the end a few of the over 110 million Baptists represented by the BWA made comments, protested and otherwise condescended. They do not reflect the leadership of the BWA nor do they represent the majority. Rather, they become the objectified in the debate so that we mask our disgust over the admission of our adversary – the CBF.

What happened to Jesus’ words, “love your enemies.” Maybe we have misunderstood. Maybe we are to love our enemies who are outside the Kingdom but it is certainly within bounds to hate/hold contempt for our brothers in the Kingdom when they fail to agree with our pedagogy.

I’ll opt to support the BWA and the SBC. I will love them both. I may dissent but will support and love.

About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

3 comments on “It’s done …

  1. says:

    Pronunciation: ‘pe-d&-“gO-jE also -“g-, esp British -“g-gE
    Function: noun
    : the art, science, or profession of teaching;

    Could you maybe post a link to Webster’s? It would make reading some of your posts easier. Just kidding, but surely I’m not the only one who learned a new word.

    Your post was right on the mark.

  2. says:

    Thanks for defining it Lyle. You saved me a trip to merriam-webster online.

  3. says:

    Yes Todd, I had to get the dictionary for that one too! Course, I are an engineer and didn’t take much eglish…

    I thought there was more to the story of the separation. Why is it that our environment changes due to just a few people or one person?

    I heard it said about a couple of issues going on in this country, “but what can I do?” resignedly.
    We must speak out and vote on the issues and for the politicians that support our views.

    Shouldn’t the church be a beacon of moral values to lead the nation? What happened to the church shaping the values of a society rather than conforming to the world?

    Thanks for the outlet.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.