Someone — he only left the name “Concerned Brother” — left a comment today saying something I wish I’d written first. Here’s the part I want to focus on for this post:
I am a nobody in the “Baptist Denominational world”…just a young man who wants to follow Christ. I just recently was made aware of this blog and after reading through it I am very concerned about our future. It’s not so much because of all the controversy and scandal that I have concern, but because that alone seems to be all that inspires and motivates many to respond and act.
John has presented post after post of awesome things God is doing in and through our convention and on those posts I most often find zero comments, but if there is any news regarding a resignation or difficulty many of you seem to circle like vultures.
The comments aren’t the only thing to back up what this person is saying. Nearly all the highest hit days of this blog are days when negative things have been posted.
I’ll be honest. Like “Concerned Brother,” this bothers me. I’ve heard, know and understand the old adage that “bad news travels quickly.” I also understand it drives people to articles. That’s why there’s so much bad news in the mainstream press. Like it or not, people tune in to watch it.
Before anyone jumps to the conclusion, I’m not singling anyone out. I actually like reading some of the blogs you write. But as the children of God, shouldn’t we be drawn to stories of where God is working? Shouldn’t we be excited about the things He is doing through Texas Baptists?
Like the commenter above, I’m not asking that we all agree on everything. There is room for disagreement within the body of Christ. Sometimes criticism is needed. In recent years, we have been and are dealing with serious issues.
But what does this blog — its posts, comments, writers and readers — say about the body of Christ? Does it reflect what Christ wants it to reflect?
Hm. I wonder if that’s a challenge for anyone else other than me. Thanks for the comment, “Concerned Brother.” Drop by as often as you’d like.