The Sunday Message

Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. – 1 Timothy 2:11-15 (NKJV)

There are a few news articles about the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas this week (June 12-13).

NBC News reported this:

The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest evangelical denomination, is headed for a showdown over its treatment of women that could not only have far-reaching ramifications for the church but also influence the broader secular #MeToo movement.

At its annual meeting next week in Dallas, delegates called “messengers” will decide whether to approve a resolution acknowledging that, throughout the church’s history, male leaders and members of the church “wronged women, abused women, silenced women, objectified women.”

The Associated Press reported it this way:

A series of sexual misconduct cases has prompted the Southern Baptist Convention’s socially conservative, all-male leadership to seek forgiveness for the ill treatment of women and vow to combat it. Hoping for more than rhetoric, women and some male allies plan a protest rally in Dallas when the two-day meeting opens on Tuesday.

I attended a Southern Baptist church for several years. It’s where I received my foundation in religion. I was never taught to think of a woman as second class or that women did not have as much to offer to the church as a man.

On the other hand, I’ve known people who believe that their wives are supposed to surrender authority to the man in the relationships. I have always thought that was hogwash.

The verse above is one of the confusing parts of the Bible for some. There are many confusing parts in the Bible that we must pray about to understand.

This is 2018, not the 1950s.

I hope that next week the members of the SBC get down on their knees and asked forgiveness for the way they have treated women over the years in their convention. It’s time that women took positions of leadership in the SBC.

 

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The Sunday Message

This week I happened to catch an article in USA Today titled, “How Trump is highlighting divisions among Southern Baptists” and thought it was interesting. You can read it HERE.

The report says that the Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. so they have some clout on issues.

One question that was asked was “Should a presidential candidate’s party affiliation or political views trump flaws in his or her moral character?”

I think some of Donald Trump’s past actions made Christians hold their noses when voting for him.

Many people vote for a person depending on the “R” or the “D” after their name on the ballot. I’ve even heard some people say there’s no way that a Democrat can be a Christian, which is silly and shows how close-minded people can be.

I think the root of the problem is churches getting involved in politics. I think they should support and pray for the best candidate to win and when a person wins they should support and pray for him/her.

If you really think about it, isn’t God in control anyway?

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. – Romans 13:1(NIV)

 

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Caught My Eye…

As knowledge increases, wonder deepens. – Charles Morgan

Hey it’s Friday and that means it’s time for another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both. Buckle up…

Today’s topics include the South Carolina church massacre, Daines, Rankin & me, Tester & Two Thousand Miles, Humpty Dumpty & Republicans, Southern Baptists, plus we have TWO winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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