Harry Truman had several famous, homespun quotes, including "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." He once said this was a folksy way of saying "Don’t take on a job if you are unwilling to face its pressures."
Months ago I began this blog as a way to voice my concern over the direction we were moving as a Southern Baptist Convention, where we easily proclaim our belief in the "innerrant" Bible, but seemed to not believe that the Bible was sufficient for all our faith and practice, and as a result, we were becoming guilty of ADDING to God's Word and demanding conformity and agreement from everyone in the Southern Baptist Convention regarding extra-Biblical traditions and beliefs.
Since beginning this blog in an attempt emphasize the sufficiency of Scripture for all our faith and practice I have been called just about everything imaginable from a gossip, a slanderer, a person who is resistant to accountability, untrustworthy, arrogant, self-centered, a lover of attention, a publicity hound, self-seeking, a power grabber, and a few other choice things --- and this from my fellow Southern Baptists.
There are some who seem to take delight in questioning everything about me --- my motives , every word I write, and even my character by commenting on my spirit and demeanor without ever having even personally met me!
All this to say.
I should expect nothing less.
If I am going to write statements and place them in the public arena, I should expect people to challenge me, criticize me, mock me, ridicule me, scold me, threaten me, and seek to discredit me.
Someone might say, "But you shouldn't expect that from 'Christian people" should you?"
In my experience, Southern Baptists can sometimes be the most vicious in their attacks because everything is couched in spiritual lingo and a syrupy sentimatility, all the while invoking God's name in an attempt to destroy the character of the 'brother.' Maybe it is a shame, but it is often a reality.
It comes with the territory.
As President Truman said, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
In His Grace,