A heavy, yet hopeful heart


Sometime ago I began blogging as an attempt, on my behalf, to help keep our Southern Baptist Convention on the right track. We, as a denomination have walked the path of biblical integrity for some time now. We have had our faults, but we have remained true, authentic if you will, for the most part as a denomination. I wanted to help this wonderful denomination, and the people within it, to be better than we have ever been before.

As we have continued to walk down this path together I have watched with joy as I have seen many SBC’ers gather together with hearts of unity, desiring to strengthen our body. Unfortunately, however, I have also seen lines drawn in the sand and I have seen horribly ungodly attitudes in evidence from those on both sides of this methodogical, and theological, divide. I have watched as friends have engaged in name-calling. I have been saddened as former partners have disengaged with each other over unimportant issues. Most sadly, I have seen in myself the willingness to, at times, give in to the temptation to wallow in the mud of character assaults, personal bias, and ungodly attitudes.

My greatest fear, however, is that in our attempts to be better, we have unwittingly opened a denominational “can of worms” and we have created problems that we never intended to, or needed to, create. It will never be my hope to create division, but rather unity around Christ in spite of various, lesser, disagreements. As we continue to press on in this series of disagreements it is my hope that we will all attempt to honor God as we struggle together. I’m absolutely unconvinced that many of us have walked with that thought at the forefront of our minds.

Having said all of that I want to encourage all of us involved to continue to pursue what is best for our convention. Work hard with the glory of God at the forefront of our minds. Don’t stop because of the fear of a fight, but don’t create a fight either. Don’t give in to the temptation to attack people, but rather deal with issues. More than anything, pray that God will take our often repeated missteps and build His kingdom in and through them.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

6 thoughts on “A heavy, yet hopeful heart

  1. An admirable post.

    Isn’t that how it goes with God? We do what we can, and then He steps in and completes HIS plan (not necessarily ours). So blogging opened a can or worms. Exposed a bunch of bitterness and strife. Don’t think for a minute that it wasn’t there before. God just chose this time to drag it out into the open, and He did in via a medium that folks couldn’t ignore.

    Some time ago I wrote Wade Burleson that his presence wasn’t the cause of the “problems” on the IMB BoT. The problems were the reason he was there.

    Maybe it’s true that blogging hasn’t been the cause of any problems. Maybe it is that the problems are the reason God invented blogging.

    Laying the blame for the “controversy” on blogs is like laying the blame for sickness on well people.

  2. Brother Micah,

    Your post is exactly the reason I take some days off each week. I must refresh my spirit and make certain that I write about things with a pure motive. We may disagree, but we will always be Brothers.

    Blessings,
    Tim

  3. Bob-

    As far as the significant issues we are dealing with (i.e. cooperation, IMB issues, etc.) I have no regrets. My fear, however, is that through this blogging medium, many have found a voice and are creating a cacophony of noise that is both unhelpful, and annoying.

    I agree about the prior existence of many problems, however, I just don’t want us to be the cause of any new ones.

    Tim-

    Thanks for the kind, and accurate, words of unity.

  4. Micah,

    You are right. We need to focus on ministry. The thing is no matter who it is when people come to know Jesus, we all should rejoice! No matter if someone is a MD, JC, or ABC–what matters is people becoming disciples of Jesus!

  5. Micah:

    I understand that concern. But the only way for the folks who are concerned about the issues can have their voice, is to allow the others to have theirs, too. That’s true of all free speech.

    And it’s nothing new, anyway. I’ve observed the same phenomenon at Deacon meetings, Church business meetings, Sunday School classes, and the SBC annual meeting itself. I think the surprising thing would be if it were not to happen in blogdom, too.

    Debbie said Tim’s comment touched her. ‘Nuf said!

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