I’m a Southern Baptist and I’m not at all ashamed of the fact. I do, however, find myself ashamed of some of the things that are said and done by Southern Baptists at the annual meeting. Here are some tweets flowing from the event in Phoenix that cause a bit of skin crawling, and why:
The SBC must change the way we keep score & change the way we reward. @rickwarren #SBC2011
I didn’t know ‘keeping score’ and giving ‘rewards’ was our focus. I thought it was faithful service to Christ as Lord.
I am more impressed with a church of 100 starting a new church every year than a church of 1000 doing nothing: Rick Warren #sbc2011
Is it really the concern of the local church to impress Rick Warren? Is he that egomaniacal?
Dirk Nowitzki for SBC President. #sbc2011
Really? Because why? [I’m sure that was intended to be humorous. At least I hope so. But with the SBC you can never tell].
I just hope this year the messengers (that’s what delegates are called) actually focus on the Lord and not on secondary and irrelevant side issues (like what Rick Warren thinks about anything). But unfortunately normally the focus is on the pastors from large churches who are the only ones on the platform. That way they can maintain the good old boy network and ensure that their ‘power’ (whatever that’s supposed to be in the context of the SBC) remains ensconced in the few rather than among the many.
In short, at the SBC, it’s ‘prominence’ that’s on display rather than servanthood.
If you’re on the twitter you can watch the doings there at the hashtag #sbc2011. If you dare. One thing’s for sure, there won’t be any vote on ordaining gay clergy or supporting gay marriage. Of THAT I am 1000% certain.
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