Time Magazine Ranks SBC Pedophile Issue #6 Under-reported Story in 2008

Time Magazine featured the Southern Baptist Church’s refusal to consider a database of convicted clergy pedophiles as the 6th most under-reported news story of 2008. It is hardly any wonder that this issue garnered a bit of attention in a major news magazine. Any thinking person has to wonder when the largest U.S. Protestant religious organization deliberately refuses to do something they could do to help protect their members from an obvious problem existing within their churches.

If there is no evil intention, the denomination should be acting in a manner above reproach. Since they are not acting in a manner above reproach, all the world is able to look on in judgment – with just cause. There is no explanation for the SBC executive committee’s decision that does not have holes in it you can drive a loaded semi-truck through. And the world is not that dumb. Many christians are unfortunately naive enough to believe what their leaders tell them without question. Those outside the church are not blinded by blind faith. More and more people inside the church are not either.

You can bet this is just the beginning of a very big problem for the SBC. This is not going away. And by being cowardly and failing to act in a godly manner and standing for righteousness as God commands in His Word, they will reap much more painful consequences down the road. That is the way God’s economy and His justice work. The SBC must address this issue thoroughly or the government and the legal system will end up addressing it as it has been addressed in the Catholic church. And that will be the end of the Southern Baptist Convention because the SBC doesn’t have that much money.

Frankly, that would be a sad state of affairs – and a battle won for Satan. All because of the pride of some who want to cling to… what? Save a little face now? Fear of lawsuits? They’re going to happen sooner or later. It is always better to deal with sin now and not later. The crop of consequences only grows bigger the longer it waits for harvest. The law of sowing and reaping never fails.

4 Responses

  1. The church is taking that ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy that the army takes now! WOW – makes people so much safer!

    • And it will blow up in their faces. God is not mocked; and the law of sowing and reaping is just growing a bigger harvest with every passing year. The sleeping giant isn’t going to sleep very much longer; it is starting to stir.

  2. Curt and I agree wholeheartedly with you, Danni, and have been speaking out about this on our website at http://www.innocencebetrayedbyclergy.com. We continue to meet women who are just emerging from abusive situations in their churches from all denominations. We wrote a story about the United Methodist Church–who has the rules in place but just don’t follow them. The SBC and other denominations need to step up and realize that we’re not going away. Our voices will continue to get louder and stronger.

    • And I appreciate what you guys are doing so much! Another excellent voice – you have worked so long and so hard to get where you are now and I’m glad you’ve added your experience to the dialog. Every voice matters.

      Pretty soon it is going to be a roar that can no longer be overlooked.

      — Danni

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