Broadway Baptist Church

My buddy Bull, of the Catholic persuasion, already posted on the developing issues coming out of Broadway Baptist Church in Ft. Worth. The church is celebrating its 125th anniversary, which is a milestone in anything’s life. In doing so, they did what every church seems to do and that is commission a church pictorial directory. You know those great things that everyone suddenly comes out of the woodwork for because that is what Jesus will use on the judgment seat in heaven.

Jesus: Hmmm, let’s see here Joe. I can’t seem to locate you in the ol’ church directory here. Are you sure you got your photo done? Oh well, you’re off to hell.

Joe: No, no, I know I got my picture taken. It must be an editor’s mistake. Come on, give me a chance. I gave to that missionary couple that came through the other day. I mean, it was a couple of bucks. I didn’t get my Starbucks because of that. Come on.

Jesus: Sorry, gotta be in the photo directory here or you got no chance. Oh, you don’t need that jacket anymore where you’re going. Wow, is this suede? Nice.

Anyway, the church has come to a compromise on the directory. Read some Ft. Worth Star Telegram articles:

Neither side wins on gay couples in directory

Church finds middle ground on directory

I haven’t really said anything about this because I don’t really have a strong opinion on it. It brings up an interesting discussion though, which is why I am not tossing out a post here.

What does the whole thing say?

What I mean is this, the church has already adopted a soft stance on homosexual couples. I have no knowledge of whether the church is attempting to challenge the couples with principles from Scripture about God’s designed order or not. I don’t know their reasoning behind allowing them membership status. So, I am basically speaking out of ignorance on this. I admit it. Here’s the whole thing in a nutshell:

If a couple living together, outside of marriage, had wanted their picture together would the same kind of stink been raised?

Listen, I am not advocating including the couples at all. My question is a cynical view of just what churches will tolerate in the name of Christ. The funny thing is, there are probably a lot of “church-folk” out there reading articles about this, applauding those who stood up against the homosexual agenda, while throwing back their second helping of fried chicken, looking at porn in the extra tab opened up, and dreaming about what it would be like spending a little quality time with the new neighbor’s wife. All the while, they are patting themselves on the back for the $20 they threw in the offering plate on Sunday for Annie Armstrong, even though they’ve never actually gone on a mission trip.

Wow, I’m a little bitter today. Sorry.


~ by bchatcher on February 25, 2008.

6 Responses to “Broadway Baptist Church”

  1. The only comment I have, when I 1st started in YM, the church I worked for came out with a pictorial directory. In it was the picture of the previous YM. It didn’t get published until after she was let go. My wife and I joked about it. Four years later, they had another round of pictures, and me and my family got our photos snapped. When the directory was published, I had already moved to another church in another town. Same thing happened at that church two years later. Now, I just never let my picture get put in one of these things.

  2. First, yes professor you are bit bitter today eh? You got a fairly good dose of sarcasm in that post. I can understand where it seems like your frustration is coming from. I may be reading into your post, but it seems to me like you are getting tired of people who call themselves Christians but still want to embrace concepts of living that the world cherishes. It is one thing to be a new believer that is learning to think like Christ and live as He lived, it is a completely separate thing to call your self a Christian and attend to church to cover your base or establish a moral foundation for your life. Christianity is more than that. Hey, maybe I am a bit bitter myself. 😉

    The only thing I have to say about the article is that I thought it was pretty funny when they mentioned the following line about mid-way through:

    “The New Testament experts made it clear that thoughtful, intelligent Christians disagree on what the Bible says about homosexuality,” Younger said. “Many realized that Christians can hold different opinions on this without letting it divide the church.”

    I don’t think anyone needs a panel of experts to know this is a hot button issue and that many in and out of the church disagree on this issue. That is like saying that experts agree people have different views on abortion. Wow, geez, thanks for the news flash. Glad I learned something today. 🙂

  3. Yeah, I spent all day yesterday at church with people who were more riled up about the fact I ticked off the coke machine guy and he pulled all the machines than they have ever gotten about bringing lost people to church to hear about Jesus.

  4. It reminds me of Tony Campolo’s comment about people dying in third-world countries. “I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.” We end up focusing on our own backyard’s issues, and only the issues that don’t have a chance of implicating our own appetites for sin.

  5. Sorry I cussed on your page there. I should have edited the quote. And prolly that says I’m guilty of the same issue I’m pointing out. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

  6. Bull, I had some of the same thoughts. I wanted to put a sign up that said, “Why don’t you give that 50 cents to help fight all the kids dying of starvation in Africa.”

    It is really frustrating. Why don’t we get this worked up about people who don’t know Jesus? Come on. Thousands upon thousands of kids across the world don’t even have clean water to drink and people want to complain about not having a coke on Sunday morning.

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