By Danni Moss
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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.