August 2016

Golden Rule should be standard

August 23 2016 by Ed Beddingfield, Buies Creek, N.C.

The letter writer from Jacksonville (Tar Heel Voices, Aug. 13) disagrees with Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore and International Mission Board president David Platt because they submitted a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Muslims who want to build a mosque. The writer would also find himself in disagreement with none other than George W. Truett.
Dr. Truett’s presidential address to the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Atlanta in July 1939 was entitled “The Baptist Message and Mission for the World Today.”
He cited the Baptist insistence that religious liberty “is the God-given and indefeasible right of every human being,” and then added: “And Baptists make this contention, not only for themselves, but as well, for all others – for Protestants of all denominations, for Romanists, for Jews, for Quakers, for Turks, for Pagans, for all men everywhere.” The language may be archaic, but the sentiment is pure Baptist.
It’s also Christian. I memorized the Golden Rule this way: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Not as they actually do unto me, but as I wish they would do unto me. We should treat Muslims in America the same way we would want to be treated in a Muslim-dominated country. The letter writer argues, and it’s true enough, that they may not actually treat us that way; but how they treat us is not the standard. The standard is the Golden Rule.
Let’s rejoice in the liberty granted to each person by God, let’s be kind to one another, and let’s support those Muslims who want to build their mosque.
Ed Beddingfield
Buies Creek, N.C.

8/23/2016 8:28:38 AM by Ed Beddingfield, Buies Creek, N.C. | with 0 comments

Disagree with Moore, Platt on mosque support

August 10 2016 by Jack Marshburn, Jacksonville, N.C.

I did not attend the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis and have but briefly scanned over some of the related articles in the Biblical Recorder. Recently however I was made aware of a question asked of Russell Moore regarding his involvement in the “mosque” case. This caused me to search the web by which I learned that he and David Platt had signed an amicus brief in support of Muslims who were wishing to build. This caused me to search further and I happened upon the video of Russell Moore’s answer to the messengers.
Let me say that I cannot agree with Mr. Moore’s reasoning. Freedom of religion is indeed a precious right, and we should advocate on behalf of all who wish to express their faith in a peaceful and reasonable manner – even for those with whom we have major doctrinal differences. But I feel no sense of obligation to petition in behalf of a pagan religion that offers no freedom of religion where it is dominant but instead imprisons and/or murders those who disagree.
However sincere may have been their reasoning, in this matter Russell Moore and David Platt do not represent me and perhaps many other Southern Baptists. Neither do they represent the young families in our congregation whose loved ones are deployed to countries where this so-called religion of “peace” is causing turmoil.

Jack Marshburn
Jacksonville, N.C.

8/10/2016 8:30:22 AM by Jack Marshburn, Jacksonville, N.C. | with 1 comments