Bad things happen when we lose focus

Have you ever driven down the highway and taken your eyes off the road for just a split second?

And, no you don’t have to admit you were texting or reading an e-mail or almost spilled your coffee. It may be you caught a glimpse of a deer or other animal out of the corner of your eye. Whatever the case, you took your eyes off the road and let them wander elsewhere.

If you were extremely blessed during that moment, nothing bad happened to you or anyone else.

But when we lose our focus for an extended period of time, bad things can happen.

My daughter Joanna sent me a link to a story in The Greenville News about a church that has lost its focus. It’s a sad story because of the history and tradition of First Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C.

Pastor William B. Johnson, who organized the church, would later become the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention. According to the church website, the church once housed Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in its infancy. Now, First Baptist Church is no longer even affiliated with the SBC.

The church has just announced that it will allow same-sex couples to marry in the church, that it will ordain gay ministers, and that it will allow gays to hold leadership positions in the church. In my book, that’s a good indication that the church “has taken its eyes off the road.”

Let me be clear. I understand church autonomy. First Baptist had every right to do what it did. I don’t dispute it. I just disagree with it.

One might ask how such a historic Southern Baptist church can abandon its roots.

Lest we be too harsh on First Baptist, it can happen to any church that takes its eyes off God and looks at things from the world’s perspective. You become more concerned about what the world says than what God’s Word says.

As someone who grew up in Greenville County I am saddened by what this church has done.

I imagine God is too.



4 Responses to “Bad things happen when we lose focus”

  1. Jerry Drace Says:

    Great comment. Selling our souls to the highest bidder and seeking political correctness over spiritual obedience leads only to the discipline of God. There is a high price to be paid for low living.

  2. Noah Hurst Says:

    My home church has gone the same route, taking CBF/liberal stances on everything imaginable. While it breaks my heart, it only confirms the times in which we live. Hang on, people of God: “This world is not [our] Home.”

  3. chuck213 Says:

    Thanks Lonnie for the info. Several years ago I said when churches begin ordaining women, the next step would be accepting and ordaining homosexuals. People laughed. When we abandon the instructions of God’s Word, it is a slippery slope.

  4. Harold Miller Says:

    “They went out from us because they were not of us. ” 1 John 2:19

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