Sandy wrote:If you look at the website, the content is Biblical apologetics, and with few exceptions, most of the speakers appear to be addressing aspects of that topic. It is North Greenville University's conference, being held at FBC Spartanburg, I would guess because there is a relationship between the school, governed by South Carolina's Southern Baptists, and the church, which is the largest SBC church, close enough to the university to have some of its students, faculty and administrative staff among the membership. Regardless, just because the church hosts the conference doesn't constitute full endorsement of any of its political content by any of its individual members. Individual Baptists speak for themselves, their churches do not do it for them.KeithE wrote: That such a political conference (with some religious content) is being held at a Baptist church (charging $69.95 for attendance, $49.95 for ages 11-23) is clearly outside of normal Baptist practice.
This is an interesting question. While I agree a church should not dictate political viewpoints on it’s members or recommend voting, I’m not against political discussions at church. In fact think it is most appropriate if (brace yourself) the religious instruction leads to helping the poor / marginalized / least of these, inveigning peace and non-retaliation, maintaining God’s creation, and healing people (health, or hurts) - in short are inline with Jesus’s teaching. I do not see how a consistent Christian view (following the lead of Jesus) can be squared with the general politically conservative viewpoints of:
- “freedom" for corporations and the rich to further amass riches
- nationalistic endeavors at the expense of or in retaliation to other nations
- disregard for the environment via curtailing well constructed regulations
- "materialism is good” or "prosperity gospel" (the American way)
- “lock them up” attitudes with little attempt at rehabilitation
This Life and Liberty conference appears to be coalescing a “Christian” in name viewpoint with a Conservative political viewpoint even to the point of collecting money for attendance.
I know many herein with adamantly disagree, but so be it.