I grew up in a church tradition where the elders of the local congregation are as high up the food chain you can get–they are elected from among the members, and answer only to the members, and to God. Growing up, I never did understand the churches that have these vast hierarchies, aside from the obvious feature that capital builds up over long periods of time, which is useful if you’re at the top and have access to that–there’s a reason “richer than the Catholic Church” is a common saying.
The Baptists have always fascinated me. It’s like a mini-Catholicism, only without the really good music. Where I grew up, the Southern Baptist Convention was kind of the big bully on the playground, and other conventions were the underlings. What I didn’t know was that a church could be a member of more than one such convention!
It’s true, and the Kentucky Baptist Convention is watching the work of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, because this latter group is on the verge of dropping their ban on openly hiring LGBTQ people. They’re gonna kick churches out of their sandbox, if they do.
Couple of things here: I find it infuriating that they still have the right to debate this at all. LGBTQ people lack protection from employment discrimination in much of the country, and in places where they do have some protections, churches are all-too-often exempted, and can discriminate at will. We have a long, long way to go on this ground.
Secondly, as the article at LGBTQ Nation mentions, no actual LGBTQ people are being consulted in this debate. Didn’t we learn in kindergarten that it’s not nice to talk about someone who’s not there like that? Oh, riiiiight. “Religious freedom.” They get to do that, and if, by some chance, they do drop the ban, we’re going to be expected to thank them for their oh-so-progressive stance.
They can kiss my butt on that one. No way, Jose. I’m not going to thank them or anyone else for doing the minimum of being decent human beings.