Wisdom from the Plains............
I never been a fan of his politics, but former President Jimmy Carter is making some great points. President Jimmy Carter, a lifelong Baptist lay leader and Sunday school teacher, sponsored the gathering at the Carter Center. Bill Underwood, president-elect of Mercer University in Macon, GA, helped recruit the participants. You can read about it here. Read some of President Carter's quotes. They sound similar to what many of the younger SBC leaders have been saying: [emphais mine]
"The most common opinion about Baptists is we cannot get along together.... I have been grieved by the divisions of my own [Southern Baptist] Convention."Wow! What more can I add.
"there are some things on which we can have unanimity," he added, mentioning the involvement of all participants' in the Baptist World Alliance and the shared belief that people are "saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ."Interesting, if we heard that from Billy Graham or Bobby Welch most conservative leaders would say "AMEN." But when it comes from a "liberal" or "moderate" we dismiss their statements. Could it be that we could learn some humility and servanthood from the likes of President Carter?
posted by Kevin Bussey at 4/12/2006 12:52:00 PM