“Twenty years ago, I lived as a lesbian. I delighted in my lover, our home on one of the Finger Lakes, our Golden Retrievers, and our careers. When Christ claimed me for His own, I did not stop feeling like a lesbian. I did not fall out of love with women. I was not converted out of homosexuality. I was converted out of unbelief.”
If we aren’t bothered by ideas that consider other people sub-human, we haven’t yet understood the implications of the gospel. Allowing racism to run rampant isn’t a “social justice” issue; fundamentally, it’s a gospel issue. The church, God’s “Plan A” for rescuing the world, should stand as a place of refuge for people of every color. We are one race—the human race—united under one Savior—Jesus Christ—with one problem—sin—and united with one hope—the resurrection.
While Christians may disagree about many things, we all agree that any kind of racial superiority is evil to the core. We want to stand united against it and pray that God would use his church to bring hope, healing, and redemption through the gospel to a broken world.
Many of you have sensed it already. Perhaps it was the pumpkin spice that snuck into your cornbread. Or the temperatures dipping below 90 degrees. Whatever tipped you off, there’s no deny that it’s that time of year: School is about to begin. In light of that, I wanted to pull a few helpful articles from the vault that deal with college, parenting, and family. Enjoy.
The contemporary wisdom of our day says that the more sophisticated we become, the more we’ll realize that God is “bigger than we can describe.” He’s like a mountain, and different religions are really just paths up that mountain. We may prefer our path, but the truly wise person sees that they all lead to the top in the end. This, of course, is complete silliness.
The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 Annual Meeting is in the books. I am leaving Phoenix encouraged by the ways that we, as Southern Baptists, are holding true to a united mission and making much-needed statements about the implications of the gospel. The unity I’ve seen has largely been the result of leadership within the SBC, for which I’m incredibly grateful.