For several years now, the term “relevant” has been the buzz word in Christian circles. Churches are trying to be relevant. Christians are trying to make the gospel relevant. People are wondering if denominational bodies are relevant.
Truth is, I can’t find anyone with a good definition of the word. So I made one up. Being relevant means meeting people at their place of need, no matter what form that need may take.
And by that definition, I believe the Baptist General Convention of Texas is relevant. We as Texas Baptists are relevant to the world around us. Take last week, for example.
Since Dolly struck the state, four members of the Texas Baptist family that are supported in part by the BGCT Cooperative Program — Texas Baptist Men, Buckner, Baptist Child & Family Services and the BGCT executive board staff — have been working long hours to assess needs in the region and meet them.
Each group has taken on part of the disaster relief effort. Together, Texas Baptists are making living conditions in the Rio Grande Valley better.
Texas Baptists are helping flood victims in colonias. They are feeding people who have been forced from their homes. They are providing medical care for those who cannot attain it otherwise. They are supporting church architecture specialists to follow up with congregations that have damaged facilities.
Ask a person who was affected by Hurricane Dolly and is receiving a bottle of water or a warm meal this week if Texas Baptists are relevant. Ask people who have little hope, if a kind word in a quiet moment was relevant to them.
I’m not completely naive. Not every person who receives Texas Baptist help will know about the Baptist General Convention of Texas or what it supports. But they will remember the volunteer that offered a bit of hope in a trying time, offered a bit of tangible help when there wasn’t any around.
They’ll remember the person who met them at their point of need. It may even change their lives.