Three resolutions that should be considered…

I have been given the chance to review a number of resolutions that were written by pastors hoping to submit them for consideration at the 2007 annual meeting in San Antonio. Among the many I read, there are three that deserve great attention.   If indeed they were submitted, I hope to see them in the report of the Resolutions Committee during the Wednesday morning session. The three resolutions are listed below, along with excerpts from each:

1. A resolution on the heresy of Mormon doctrine:

“RESOLVED, That we denounce every attempt, in the media or otherwise, to portray Mormonism as a sect of authentic Christianity; and be it further

RESOLVED, That while we affirm provisions of the United States Constitution that prohibit religious tests for public office, we strongly urge our convention leadership to refuse the temptation to provide counsel for Mormons seeking public office as to how they might appeal to evangelical voters.”

2. A resolution on the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering:

“RESOLVED, that we praise the Lord for the sacrificial generosity of Southern Baptists who have given faithfully to the task of world missions; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage all Southern Baptists to begin even now praying for the Lord’s will as it relates to their gift this year to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we urge all Southern Baptist churches to seek opportunities for direct mission partnering through the International Mission Board by sending mission teams and developing prayer partners to foster greater mission awareness and more generous mission giving among their members.”

3. A resolution on political non-partisanship:

“RESOLVED, that we urge our convention leaders to exercise great restraint when speaking on behalf of Southern Baptists so as not to intermingle their personal political persuasions with their chief responsibility to represent Jesus Christ and this convention; and be it further

RESOLVED, that we resist any formal or informal association of this convention with any partisan political agenda.”

One thought on “Three resolutions that should be considered…

  1. Ben,
    I could not agree more that each of these resolutions deserve to get a vote on the floor.
    However, could you provide me a point of clarification? Should the point of the third resolution not apply to the leadership of Carter and Clinton in the Atlanta meeting? I think we agree that it should apply to Rice.
    I heard Land on his radio program using the call to be “salt and light” as his defense for being involved in politics rather than “just preachin’ Jesus.” What a tragedy that some of our leaders see national politics as the way of reaching our nation.
    Brad Guenther

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