Tomorrow there will be a “coalition of local and national LGBT activists will hand-deliver a petition to leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention at their annual meeting calling on the SBC to apologize for the harm its teachings have caused the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Prior to delivering the petition, an historic 'Teach-In' will take place outside of the SBC's convention.”
You can read about it here.
I believe that the SBC will probably respond by holding its stance on homosexual behavior as being sinful. That stance is one that I agree with. However, I hope that we (SBC believers) do more than simply state that homosexuality is wrong.
I have a picture in my mind of what I would love to see happen. On one side of the street various LGBT protesters are condemning the Southern Baptist Convention for its harmful, hateful, and bigoted stance against homosexuality. On the other side of the street are gospel-drenched Jesus-followers with equally large billboards; but rather than saying things like “God made Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve” these billboards are invitations to lunch.
Not invitations to go debate homosexuality over a burger and fries, but a legitimately sincere invitation to just have lunch together. We do not have to budge on our position that homosexual behavior is harmful, destructive, and ultimately idolatrous and God-belittling. But we do come to realize that the Law is powerless to convert and it is powerless to sanctify.
Let the LGBT community continue to call our theology wrong and harmful. Let them continue to say that we, “promote religion-based bigotry and start recognizing the enormous pain and suffering caused by its mistreatment of LGBT people, particularly vulnerable youth”. But may they do it trampling over us with out-stretched arms.
"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for."