Every day in the news and on Twitter see people talking about the Southern Baptist Convention and all of the bad stuff that has been allowed to happen within the denomination. I’ve seen stories of people from the church calling a woman who reported abuse a whore and an enemy of Christ. A large number of people within the church seem to be all in on the status quo and electing a leader aligned with the far right. I wish this surprised me, but given what I see online from religious people, sadly, it doesn’t.
Some of the things I see posted from people I know from religious organizations include:
Anti Black Lives Matter posts
Insults and ridicule directed at the transgender community.
Reacting to mass shootings with pro-gun rhetoric
Anti gay marriage posts
Anti LGBTQ+ posts in general
Posts declaring Islam should be illegal – this was my response to that – The Slippery Slope
Anti refugee posts, including a comment basically saying they hoped my daughter was raped by a refugee to teach me a lesson
General hate and disdain for people who are not like them
It makes me sad and makes me wonder how we came from the same place and ended up in such different places.
How can you say you belong to a church that should be about love and hate people who are not like you?
How can you call a woman a whore when she reports sexual abuse in the church?
The problem is we stopped following Christ and started following religious leaders and politicians. We have exchanged the Gospel for political rhetoric. We have sacrificed our souls for political clout. It’s no wonder the number of people who attend church continues to decline.