H/t to ChristianityToday.com for this story about the Southern Baptist Convention. Apparently, Baptist bloggers like Tom Ascol, Wade Burleson, and Steve McCoy (all of whom I read occasionally) helped build a groundswell of support for Frank Page, a dark-horse candidate for SBC presidency. Since I work for a past president (and because I’m wired that way), I’m interested in the outcomes of this and other denomination conventions/elections. And hey, the power of blogging…
When you can’t get it done any other way, blog it done. (TM)
All of this leads to one of my regular soapboxes with people who know me: the politics of Christianity. Not Christians involved in public elections, secular government, etc, but the politics involved in the body of Christ. I’m talking about jockeying for position and positions, wielding authority like a sword, and the like. This is the kind of thing Jesus expressly forbids in Scripture. In case people forget, in Mark 10, Jesus boils his mission down to “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (v. 45, ESV). But far too many of us do forget the context of that statement. James and John have asked to have places of honor in the kingdom, to which Jesus ultimately replies: “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you” (Mark 10:42-43; see the context here). In other words, the kingdom’s not about us doing what the world does better (stronger, faster, more efficiently, holier, whatever). It’s about doing it Jesus’ way. (I’ve written about this before.)
This will have to be dealt with more later. But there it is.