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    Friday, June 16, 2006

    At least we always say thank you.

    Last night, I (the female Razorbaptist) read all the resolutions passed since the first Southern Baptist Convention in 1845. Believe it or not, it was an interesting read.

    I called out in horror some of the things I read, like the 1967 resolution written on population explosion and how we as Baptists should use medically approved methods of planned parenthood. Not that I take issue with all forms of family planning... but due to the threat of mass starvation?

    And in 1971, prior to the 1973 Roe v Wade case, we encouraged legislation to allow abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity (and since "clear evidence" is often wrong in 2006, I can't imagine it was too accurate in 1971), and then the reason I loved most, "evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother." If that doesn't sound like abortion on demand, what does? Thankfully, we realized our error and corrected our stance on abortion. There have been 16 resolutions on abortion.

    Since slavery was the cause of our formation in 1845 and the first resolution on educating our "colored population" was passed that same year, one has to wonder if the purpose of educating them in the way of the Lord was so "slaves obey your master" could be instilled in them as well. Not knowing much about our history, I'm left to only wonder. In 1995, we passed a resolution apologizing for our lack of support for civil rights legislation. Gee.

    In 1853 we passed our first of 62 resolutions on religious liberty. These resolutions are as varied as asking Congress to adopt "measures as may be deemed proper to secure to American citizens whilst traveling or residing in foreign states, the exercise of the rights of conscience and religious worship" (1859) to the Southern Baptist Conventions "unwavering devotion to the separation of church and state in its strong opposition to the use of tax funds and tax-supported schools in favor of any or all religious organizations." (1953)

    We've passed 7 resolutions on the Bible, 22 on prayer, and 1 on Jesus Christ.
    The first resolution on alcohol was passed in 1886. I wonder if it was a sin before then. There have been 73 more. The only subject that has garnered more resolutions than alcohol is appreciation, mostly for the host cities of the convention.

    Since a resolution is an expression of an opinion or concern, it is interesting to see about what we Southern Baptists are concerned. It looks like we are more concerned with the consumption of alcohol than anything else. What is wrong with us?

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/16/2006 08:36:00 PM

    7 Comments:

    Anonymous Bet said...

    Thanks for that interesting information. There is a lot wrong with "us." What to do about it is the question.

    Friday, June 16, 2006 10:06:00 PM  
    Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

    Bet,

    It started last week in Greensboro. We have to do what Dr. Page said. "let the world no what we are for, not what were against." (Paraphrase)

    Saturday, June 17, 2006 7:43:00 AM  
    Blogger CW said...

    I'm planning a post on this, but from my understanding there was no Southern Baptist prohibition against alcohol until the time of western expansion. Baptist churches were springing up all along the frontier and the biggest stronghold of sin in these new communities was the saloon. In order to combat the saloon, Southern Baptists basically outlawed three things. A good baptist could no longer play cards, dance, or have a drink. Saloons provided for the opportunity for these three.

    If we are going to have resolutions about alcohol, I would really like to have one about playing cards or dancing. ;)

    Saturday, June 17, 2006 9:02:00 PM  
    Anonymous Batgirl said...

    I'm with you CW. Until a couple of months ago, I was sure we had a resolution against dancing... but nope.
    I look forward to your post.

    Sunday, June 18, 2006 11:40:00 AM  
    Blogger Clif Cummings said...

    Personally, I'm working on a resolution for San Antonio that speaks against gluttony and illicit sex. It seems to me that if we follow the SBC's logic on alcohol, none of us should ever eat or have sex.

    Monday, June 19, 2006 6:10:00 AM  
    Blogger Clif Cummings said...

    By the way - I don't drink alcohol!

    Monday, June 19, 2006 6:11:00 AM  
    Blogger Arkansas Razorbaptist said...

    We would love to hear that read from the floor. We'll second you.

    Monday, June 19, 2006 10:44:00 AM  

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