So? What’s the big argument in the largest Christian (Protestant) denomination in the United States, of over 16 million members? What’s the real question at hand? Is it-“Should they change their historically racial biased sounding name from “Southern Baptist” to something more “Tolerant,” and inviting”?
That’s a great sentiment for any and all denominations of the Christian faith in my opinion, unless of course the reasons are to attract more African American members, or, appease those already worshiping black American members of the denomination.
( I say Black Americans rather than African Americans, as to me, an African American is an American living in Africa, regardless of color, creed, or NASCAR driver preference. here in America…we are all Americans ) or should be.
On Monday, February 16, in the midst of “BLACK HISTORY” month, the Southern Baptist Convention deliberated the possibility of changing it’s name to “The Great Commission Church”. I say that is a wonderful idea, even though my prayer warrior grandmother religiously attended a Southern Baptist Church all her life…
Personally, I see this change as a wonderful idea, as many members, potentials, and even committee heads of the denomination see it. After all, God’s Kingdom is for all, and not just for the elite, or…in my opinion, even the so called “Elect”.
At least not the elect many Southern Baptist, and other self proclaimed reformed denominations, and religious organizations interpret the Bible as defining.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not my personal stand on one side or the other of the age old “Calvinists- Arminianism” debate. Completely contrary in fact…
This is my point… Shouldn’t all dividing walls fall down? I mean, not all Southern Baptist churches claim the Calvinistic T.U.L.I.P. 5 point belief any more than all Southern Baptist support Jimmy Carter’s view that God is done with Israel as a literal nation, and Zionism is the great Satan.
Shouldn’t All Christianity Become United…under God…as Jesus intended ?
I don’t recall the Bible ever showing Jesus, or Paul for that matter, holding a revival meeting at the Presbyterian church on the corner of “Immersion and Dunk” and scurrying across town to hold a “Trickle Down Baptismal” to douse the fire John Wesley started.
I saw Jesus building a Church… Not baking a dozen different ones.
Again, this is not my personal roasting of any one denomination… I think the Southern Baptist are certainly on to something BIG!!!
I pray the motive is right…and pray it motivates a movement…
One True Revival… All across the World…
Otherwise ideological, intellectual comity here, greatly misses Spiritual anointing, and Godly indoctrination.
Let Us Pray… Together !!!
\o/ Thank You Jesus