Friday, June 09, 2006

Caught in the Middle

Well, it seems that the Phelps family is going to set up shop outside of the SBC Annual Meeting next week. Apparently God hates Southern Baptists because we don't hate homosexuals; at least that seems to be the gist of the Phelps family's protest. Ironically, if past conventions are any indication, there will be activists from the gay community protesting against the SBC because of our hatred toward homosexuals. So basically we're getting slammed because we don't hate homosexuals and because we do hate homosexuals. Does this make sense to anyone out there?

It's easy to understand why the gay community isn't very fond of the SBC. We affirm the Bible's teaching that homosexuality is a sin. But that is hardly the same thing as hating someone. True, some of us act like jerks when we address this issue, but for the most part we try to speak the truth in love (or at least I hope that we do). Even when we do speak the truth in love, however, we should not be surprised when the world opposes us.

It's also not too hard to see why the Phelps group opposes the SBC. The SBC proclaims the biblical message of grace through faith and of God's love for sinners. From what I've seen of the Phelps group, they view the gospel as being all about wrath and judgment and God's hatred toward sinners. Yes, the Bible makes it clear that those who refuse to repent of their sins and follow Christ by faith are under God's wrath, but wrath is not a product of God's hatred but of His holiness.

It is not our place to judge and condemn sinners, but to love them with the love of Christ. His attitude toward sinners was, "Neither do I condemn you. Go and leave your life of sin." The Phelps crowd would be critical of that first statement. The world, including the gay community, is critical of the second. Because of our stand for the Word of God, we find ourselves caught in the middle.

Not only will things be interesting inside the convention hall, it looks like it will be an interesting journey just to get inside.

6 comments:

Micah said...

the Phelps Gang will be interesting to watch. I'm hoping that it doesn't make me throw up too much.

Seriously though, be watching for a new blog that will start on Monday that will be a video blog complete with interviews of pres. candidates, interviews with various SBC people of influence, general video of the convention, etc. I'll post more about it on my blog soon.

Tim Sweatman said...

Micah,

The new blog sounds great. Unfortunately, I'll be offline until Thursday night.

John Stickley said...

man, Micah, that's some serious promises there... I just hope we don't disappoint... :)

Kevin Bussey said...

I will be out there with you guys!

Micah said...

good point, John. I don't mean to guarantee all of those (sometimes my optimism gets the best of me) but I mean to say that we'll be attempting to get interviews with all of those people.

agenttim said...

Well, the problem with the Phelps is not the condemnation part--God has condemned us all to hell. The problem is that they have no grace. On the other hand we have nothing but grace, and no condemnation.