As recently as a year ago, there seemed little recognition among some Protestant denominations they needed to change due to falling numbers. This was especially true of Southern Baptists, the largest denomination. Even though their numbers had been falling for years, the denomination seemed indifferent.
Now there is more talk about the decline and what to do about. The annual Southern Baptist Convention is being held in Houston and speakers are discussing the problem. But, they are not getting anywhere.
The denomination needs to recognize its problems can be summarized in two words, gays and women. All the denomination needs to do is reread the Bible, discover their mistake and make amends.
A life-long Southern Baptist writing in the link below does not get it either. He thinks if SB ignores “unimportant issues” it will grow again. To him unimportant issues are doctrinal arguments and endorsement of the Republican Party.
He does not understand there are other issues Southern Baptists are obsessed with but are also unimportant to the denomination. These are gay marriage and abortion.
These issues do not affect Southern Baptists. If you are gay and don’t want to marry, don’t marry. If you are a woman and don’t want an abortion, don’t get one.
This generation of Southern Baptists seems unable to stop itself from judging the sins of others and asking government to pass laws against them. Some other conservative branches of Christianity need to see the folly of the Southern Baptists.
Local folks, Red River Freethinkers will hold its annual Summer Soltice Potluck this coming Sunday, June 16. It will be at the Rogne farm. Directions are at www.redriverfreethinkers.org