You Thought Things Were Bad?
I can’t say I’ve laughed so hard in awhile–well, maybe I have laughed harder than I did when I read this article. You ask why? Well, it’s quite simple. The irony of this article is astounding. Writer Robert Parham moans and groans about all those Christian schooled and homeschooled children whose parents are, you guessed it, leading Southern Baptists.
If you want to know what Southern Baptist Convention leaders really think about public education, follow them to school.
The most visible nominee for the presidency of the SBC is Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark. His church has its own school, Shiloh Christian School. On his blog, Floyd lists the school as one of his three favorite Web sites.
The school has some 650 students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Shiloh Christian School estimates that half of its students belong to First Baptist and its mission, the Church at Pinnacle Hills. Only 3 percent of its students are children of color, compared to the Arkansas classroom average of 10 percent.
The once-rumored presidential candidate, Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, has one son at Oklahoma Bible Academy and another one at Emmanuel Christian School in Enid, Okla.
On and on, on and on, on and on…it gets better and better. Now, for those of you who have never been convinced, I’m working on something to help convince you or at least to help you understand where I personally am coming from. The simple fact is this: Southern Baptists need to stand up for what’s right, stop fighting and squabbling over minor things, and get focused on the main thing. We are about the gospel shining. How can it shine when our children can’t see it in school? And how can it shine if it’s faded, smeared, and watered down?
The gospel must shine through.
Related: Scott Somerville’s Take