Some of the recent editorials and articles that I have read in the Arkansas Baptist News have caused the following thoughts.
Our Baptist and national history is replete with actions most Christians today would consider inconsistent with Scripture. These actions were justified by the policy of “manifest destiny” in regards to Native Americans and quotes of specific Scripture in regards to race and gender equality as examples. My point is it’s good to glory in our history, but (to) be honest when choosing examples of being Christian. The recent veto of the Religious Restoration Act in Georgia seems to have placed the governor in bad stead with some.
First, I don’t like using threats of what might happen to make a political point. Second, I don’t believe in quoting Scripture to prove a point because it usually results in Scripture being quoted to validate the opposite position. I believe there are biblical principles that can guide our position on a number of issues. One that might apply to the moral outrage by Christians against “others” not like us is that in Jesus’ day it was felt that uncleanness – in its many forms – was spread by touch. However, Jesus consistently touched the unclean as though cleanness could be spread by touching. Our touch may not heal a blind man, but it might do more to heal relationships than condemning ever has. I would not ascribe compassion as a leading motivation for corporations in Georgia, but it sure should be for me.