Tuesday, March 14, 2006
A Sigh of Relief
I'm not sure how many of you regularly read the Baptist Press articles. I get the email daily and peruse through them. I admit that I do not read every single article and not all articles that I read do I read thoroughly, so that is my first disclaimer.
My second disclaimer is that I love that fact that Southern Baptists have done so much in the wake of the natural disasters on the Gulf Coast and in Pakistan and Indonesia. Places that faced such catastrophic circumstances certainly needed aid and I am thrilled that God has used Southern Baptists to make an impact not just with social needs, but for the gospel as well.
Now, since I'm done with disclaiming, let me ask this question. Does it seem like the majority of articles on Baptist Press deal with some kind of social work/aid or legal/political issues?
When I was at the convention last year, it seemed more like a Republican Caucus than a meeting of the church. I don't see very many articles (besides the "Making the Gospel Good News" series) that deal with actual "gospel" ministry. No doubt, these relief efforts are huge in-roads to places that we could never get to with the gospel. They should be used and celebrated, but I feel a kind of vacuum in my heart when I read the BP news for information on the actual spread of the gospel, or the movement of the Holy Spirit in our churches.
Maybe it's just me. But if my instincts are anywhere close to right, is this the beginning of the social gospel for the Southern Baptist Church?
Please know that I'm not attempting any kind of commentary here; the absence of any real data proves that. I'm just writing an honest reaction to my In-Box.