Southern Baptists came to Texas 10,000 strong. It was the largest convention in several years—and the most contentious of late. It has been a number of years since I have attended, as the waters were basically tranquil and the ship was sailing along, if not speedily, at least safely. Steady hands were at the helm—then someone rocked the boat. Tensions rose as two strong candidates for President would be nominated, both with a constituency that represented a widening chasm between traditionalists who tend to be older and more establishment minded, and the more contemporary-minded who tend to be younger and more entrepreneurial methodologically. Then, the bombshell, as Paige Patterson, one of the architects of the conservative resurgence that had helped turn the SBC back to sound doctrine, was ultimately fired from his post as first President and then President Emeritus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The “me too” movement in the culture, which has brought to the fore the abuse of women at the hands of powerful men, certainly impacted the perceived attitudes and actions (or lack thereof) in Dr. Patterson’s leadership. It was a growing scandal that along with the firing of Frank Page from heading the Executive Committee of the SBC and Alvin Reid from being Professor of Evangelism at Southeastern Seminary, for unnamed “improper relationships” brought in the national news to stain us with reports of scandal, sexism, and strife. So, it was this that drove me to ask Pole Creek to send me and our Director of Missions, Perry Brindley, to this convention, which you graciously did.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! (John 4:34-35 NKJV).
You do know that, originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is that special day we remember those who have given their lives in military service for our country and the freedoms we hold dear. Two of those freedoms – religious liberty and sanctity of human life – continue to erode as our country moves away from God. We are exchanging God’s values for those of man, and calling it progress. A move to the left and socialism is taking place among many of our younger citizens.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
Did you know that May 8 is primary election day and early voting is underway now? Voting sites and hours are listed below and are posted on the Culture Impact bulletin board located across the hall from the choir room.
Did you know that many are concerned (American Family Assoc. among them) about President Trump’s nomination of Chai Feldblum to run the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Originally nominated by Pres. Obama, controversy gave way to her recess appointment by him. The mission of the EEOC is to “enforc(e) federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation)...”
A year ago the Supreme Court of the British territory of Bermuda ruled to legalize same-sex marriages. Now, officials are rolling back that decision. According to the Washington Times, Gov. Rankin has signed the Domestic Partnership Act giving same-sex couples rights similar to traditional one man-one woman couples, but not recognizing same-sex relationships as “marriage.” Sixty-nine percent of the residents oppose same-sex marriage.
January is the month when our attention is drawn to the yearly March for Life in our nation’s capital. Thousands of defenders of life from conception to natural death faithfully participate. This year our local and national media chose to give much more attention to the following day’s Women’s March for miscellaneous issues.
Did you know that on Nov. 8 a White House Summit on mental illness was convened? In his opening remarks, Dr. Tim Clinton painted a grave picture of the serious issues and challenges we face today. “…the Opioid Crisis, the epidemic of suicide among the young, the scourge of pornography, random acts of violence, the myriad of issues facing our soldiers and military families, chronic alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, human sex trafficking, cohabitation, fatherlessness, the deterioration of the family, sexual abuse, and bullying.”