Ok, so I'm prepared to write on the topic, "God never promised to get you out. He only promised to get you through" when I got an email from one of my staff. I was so outraged that I'm putting off for another day my intended topic. The email I got read, "Military Blocks Access to Southern Baptist Website." I know what you're thinking. "This has got to be an unfounded rumor." So I went to Snopes.com. There is no mention of it there. Maybe there hasn't been time for it to be listed. Or maybe it's true. Here is part of the article.
The U.S. Military has blocked access to the Southern Baptist Convention’s website on an unknown number of military bases because it contains “hostile content” — just weeks after an Army briefing labeled Evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics as examples of religious extremism, Fox News has learned.
Sing Oldham, spokesman for the SBC, told Fox News he had been in touch with the Dept. of Defense and had serious concerns. “This is deeply disturbing,” he told Fox News. “While the Deputy Chief of Operation of the US Army has assured us this is a random event with no malicious intent, the Army must run this to the ground to assure that this is the case.”
The Dept. of Defense confirmed to Fox News late Wednesday that the SBC website had been blocked — but not intentionally.
How do you unintentionally block a website? Did they also unintentionally name evangelicals as "religious extremists" in an army briefing? Could it be that the website was blocked until someone noticed or raised enough concern so that a response was warranted?
I will be the first to admit there are some real nut-jobs out there claiming to represent Southern Baptists or Baptists in general. However, the vast majority of evangelical Christians in America are far from religious extremists. Unfortunately, just the opposite, they don't express their convictions often enough. One of the most outspoken Christians in modern times is a plain spoken evangelist from North Carolina. Do you think that the military suspects Billy Graham as the kingpin of this extremist movement? If stating your beliefs and trying to persuade others to adopt them as well are charateristics of religious extremists, count me in. I will gladly take my place alongside other dangerous individuals such as Martin Luther, David Brainerd, Charles Wesley, D.L. Moody, Jonathan Edwards, Billy Sunday, W.A. Criswell, Adrian Rogers and many others.
I hope this error by the Defense Dept. is quickly rectified. It might be a better use of their time to investigate, say, potential threats to our national security. Instead of those who simply want to express their concern for the traditional family and the lives of the unborn.