Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Yesterday may be a landmark day in the lives of those who call ourselves Southern Baptists, or so we are led to believe. A top-down Great Commission Resurgence has been mandated from this year's meeting of pastors and leaders that is calling for a structural change regarding some of our boards, agencies and state conventions. This man-made structural change is supposed to cause our churches and leaders to become more focused upon the mandate that Jesus gave His church nearly 2,000 years ago.
As I look at the events that unfolded yesterday, I was more annoyed and disturbed than encouraged. While I believe that our focus as believers must be upon sharing the gospel with those in other parts of the world, I also believe that apart from a transforming movement of the Spirit in the lives of believers all the mandates and edicts from denominational leaders are mute points.
Change can only happen when we are changed by the power of God at work in our lives through Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. While yesterday's decision may have appeased a few consciences, it really is just more of the same and business as usual.
My prayer is that all of us who claim the name of Christ would truly begin to seek His face, and allow Him to lead us where He wants us to go.