While Marv’s editorial is getting most of the buzz around the blogosphere, I found the Second Opinion piece by Ken Williams, minister to students in Dripping Springs, more interesting. Ken — who apparently is a younger guy — talks about why he’s a Baptist and what he sees developing in young Baptist circles around him.
I’m particularly interested in what you think about these paragraphs. We’re always talking about the next generation of Baptists. From what you see, is this an accurate description of up-and-coming Baptists? And if Ken’s accurate, what do you think of these characteristics as hallmarks for a generation?
This is a new time, and I am part of a new generation of Baptists—a generation that is rising up all around the nation. We are a generation that finds great value in the principles of our Baptist heritage and yet finds it unacceptable to define ourselves by the principles of our recent predecessors. We believe the people of God are called to participate in the kingdom of God. We believe social justice speaks louder than political coercion. We believe in serving the world, rather than withdrawing from it. And we will no longer capitulate to a system that promotes intolerance and injustice in the name of dogma.
I see it all around me: I see it in the seminaries, I see it on the blogs, I see it in college groups and in the Emerging Church that is sweeping the nation. We are young, we are passionate about our values and we are mobilizing all across the country because we are unsatisfied, and we will no longer be silenced by the tyranny of a few powerful men. We are looking toward the future, and we are desperate for something new.