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Thursday
Jul122012

Witnessed change in SBC 

It is with a sense of melancholy that I seek to add my voice to the opinion page. I have served in the ministry for approximately 23 years in Arkansas. I have, over the course of those years, witnessed the transformation of the SBC. We were (at least in my memory) individuals whose greatest desire was to share the gospel and ease the suffering of all persons by fulfilling the Great Commission. The SBC that I view today appears to be something that looks and feels a lot like a political action committee with a moral superiority complex (we seem to forget that a sense of self-righteous pride, not unlike that of a Pharisee, is as much hated by God as those things we protest). It appears from reading the comments in the “Letter and Opinion” pages of the ABN or resolutions from New Orleans that this SBC or at least its most vocal part cares more for a type of forced social reformation than it does witnessing the changing of lives through regeneration. After much thought, I feel that I understand why this is so – it truly is easier to pound our chests, slap on a bumper sticker, pick up a sign that says “God Hates You” and claim to be the self-appointed mouth piece of God than it is to actually be the heart, hands and feet of Jesus Christ to this lost world. Paul exhorts us to “let your moderation be known unto all men,” Philippians 4:5, or as the HCSB renders it, “Let your graciousness be known to everyone.” I do not find a lot of graciousness in the comments of my fellow Arkansas Baptists these days, nor do I find very much religious freedom for those with a moderate viewpoint.

Robert Loudermilk
Norman

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