Arkansas Baptist News
As a boy growing up on a row crop farm in southeast Missouri, I had an occasion to visit family and neighbors who had cattle.
I recall being told many times upon entering the pasture, “Be careful not to step on a cow patty.”
While most of the time I was successful in avoiding what was left behind by the cattle, other times I was not – but it sure wasn’t for lack of effort.
Being editor of a state Baptist newspaper is much like that. For the most part, an editor can avoid cow patties scattered along the landscape, but other times – no matter how hard he tries – it is inevitable to step in one occasionally.
Fortunately, most of the time it is easy to champion the work and decisions of fellow Southern Baptists, but when something just doesn’t seem quite right, does it honor God and the cause of Jesus Christ to remain silent?
Many today believe that a Baptist editor should never infer that things are not always OK. Is that the posture that made the Southern Baptist Convention arguably one of the greatest evangelical denominations in the history of the world?
We live in a culture that desperately needs to hear the truth of the cross. I wonder how we can expect to be champions for the transformational power of the gospel if we cannot be honest with ourselves and seek to always be truthful and upright in word and deed.
I am staunchly Southern Baptist in spite of the conflict and change our denomination has experienced – practically my entire adult life.
However, in an age of lies propagated by the king of lies – Satan – we must forward the truth of the cross at all costs.
I don’t believe God is finished with Southern Baptists just yet. He needs denominational leaders, pastors and members to join together to charge the gates of hell with boldness and tenacity, and to always stand for truth.
Any less is dishonoring our Lord and Savior.
Tim Yarbrough is editor of the Arkansas Baptist News. He is available to speak in your church. Email him at email@example.com.