It’s been awhile.
Not only have I been strapped for time, but I’ve had to do some soul searching regarding this blog and what I really want to talk about here. I noticed a couple of weeks ago how several blogs had been discussing various amusements, and even the importance of a sense of humor and having a life. Getting caught up in the merriment, I made my last post and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Previous to this, I had made four posts regarding my stance on various Southern Baptist issues, based on the reading I’m doing for my Southern Baptist Heritage class.
It seemed like a good idea since I wanted to be able to articulate my understanding of these various issues, and I actually got quite a bit of feedback (for better or worse). However, during the past few weeks I’ve been overwhelmed due to various circumstances at the horror of how easy it is for some people to get completely caught up in this stuff. I mean, people spend their whole lives sitting around talking and blogging about this stuff without ever making a difference. I’m not lumping everyone into the same category, I’m just saying that I can see that many people completely miss the point with all of this stuff and end up wasting their lives.
As a result, this will most likely be the last blog post on this site where I deal with this stuff. If you want to talk, talk. If you want to blog, blog. I’m not saying it’s evil to do so when it comes to this stuff, I’m just saying that I don’t think I really care anymore whether everyone on the internet knows or cares what I think about it. If people want to know, they’ll ask. As for me, I need to make sure that my focus is correct and that my priorities really are in order. I’d hate to look back and see that i missed living life to the fullest because I was too excited about talking about the Who’s Who of the Southern Baptist Convention or arguing over some trivial aspect of life instead of actually having one.
To wrap up the “What Kiel Thinks About the SBC” series, I’ve just got a quote from an author to post that I think speaks for itself. I recently read a book titled “Going for the Jugular: A Documentary History of the SBC Holy War.” I think the title should give you a good vibe for what the book had to say. It was extremely informative and very interesting. I’d just like to share with you a few very interesting words from one of the authors, Walter B. Shurden.
“When a Christian believes he or she has a monopoly on the gospel and others err because they do not agree with a certain interpretation, trust is out of the window, reconciliation is impossible, and Christians with a different point of view are labeled dangerous and heretical. The uncompromising, non-negotiating aspect of fundamentalism can only be understood in light of their passionate conviction that fundamentalists and fundamentalists alone are the truth people. They think they are being ‘fair’ when they do not appoint people to committees who disagree with them. They think they are being ‘fair’ when they want people fired from faculties who do not agree with them. They think they are being ‘fair’ when they want only their kind appointed to positions of leadership in the denomination.”
Please hear me say that I am no scholar on Baptist history and I’m okay with saying that I don’t “know it all.” Even more, I’m not trying to be a scholar on Baptist history and am quite sure that I never will “know it all.” This has been made quite clear to me. What I do know is that I’m quite alright with that. I’m proud to be called a child of our great God and humbled to know that no matter how “wrong” my opinions may be, God still loves me enough to crush his Son for me and raise him from the dead, that I might be granted righteousness and eternity with him no matter how much I know or don’t know. THAT is what I want my life to proclaim with all of its might, and due to the grace and mercy of our God alone, maybe it will.