On June 22, the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention made the decision to recommend that the Southern Baptist Convention cease its relationship with the historic Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth. Broadway cooperated with SBC for over 125 years to reach the world with the hope of the gospel and wanted to continue this relationship for the sake of the gospel.
I am deeply saddened that the SBC Executive Committee felt compelled to make this decision. I worked feverishly behind the scenes to help the SBC leadership and the leadership of Broadway Baptist Church to come to some kind of win/win solution. The crux of the situation boiled down to two distinctively different views on how to minister to those marginalized by society. The SBC leadership felt compelled to hold true to their biblical understanding of the brokenness of homosexuality, while Broadway Baptist Church felt compelled to offer the gospel to all regardless of lifestyle choices. Sadly common ground could not be found, and the SBC messengers will have to make a decision about its relationship with Broadway.
Throughout these discussions and negotiations the leaders of the SBC and Broadway sought to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner. Even though the final outcome was not what I had hoped for, I was encouraged to see men and women talking openly and frankly with each other in a spirit of love and understanding. There are times in following Christ that relationships are complicated and messy. There are times we cannot agree, but I pray we will disagree in the spirit of love and understanding.
The key to the future for all followers of Jesus is finding creative and compassionate ways to offer hope to all people, especially those on the margins.