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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

jimmy carter and the southern baptist convention

In a recent article for the Australian online news site The Age, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter explained his reasons for cutting ties with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). This was reported on several blogs I follow, and I was surprised because I remembered hearing the same thing several years ago.

But now, Beliefnet reveals that there may be much less to this story than first appears:

But I have this question: What does it mean for Jimmy Carter to resign from the SBC when (1) individuals aren't members of the SBC but of local churches that are associated with the SBC? And, more importantly, (2) when he continues to be a member of his SBC church and teaches Sunday School there?

I have a great deal of respect for Jimmy Carter because of his humantarian work since he left office, but I have no idea what he is trying to do here. Maybe it's a Baptist thing that I just don't understand, but how can a person cut ties with his denomination while continuing in a leadership position in a church that still belongs to that denomination?

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At 7/29/2009 8:55 AM, Blogger truevyne said...

I'm a fan of Jimmy and his work- especially with peace talks and habitat. I have to say I don't care whether or not he's associated with the SBC. His call. His life.

At 7/29/2009 9:05 AM, Blogger BruceA said...

You're right, truevyne. It's his decision. But I'm just puzzled at what his decision means. Why is he making such a big deal about "cutting ties" with the SBC if he still teaches Sunday School at an SBC church? Does "cutting ties" have a different meaning in the Baptist tradition?

At 7/29/2009 9:49 AM, Anonymous Mark Gstohl said...

One way to cut ties is to stop supporting the SBC financially. In a church I once served in, a member became upset with the SBC. Since a portion of the church budget went to the SBC, she requested that none of the money she gave to the church be sent to the SBC.

That's how one person did it.

At 7/29/2009 9:17 PM, Blogger BruceA said...

Mark -

Thank you for that information. It makes a lot more sense now.


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