DeVane is responding to the recent comments of Ed Stetzer, president of the LifeWay research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Stetzer wrote about the “ongoing decline” in Southern Baptist membership, and suggested that Baptists should react by asking “What would Jesus do?”
Stetzer said Baptists need to make "a serious self-examination” and suggested they consider four questions:
- Do we value the kingdom as He did?
- Do we love sinners as He loved them?
- Do we serve as He served?
- Do we remind our neighbors of Jesus and tell them of His gospel?
“Good questions,” responds DeVane, but he proposes some additional ones. And DeVane’s questions don’t carry the loosey-goosey gloss of religious-sounding talk. Instead, DeVane’s questions are grounded in the uncomfortable realities of Southern Baptist life. For example. . .
- What would Jesus do about pastors who use titles they haven’t earned?
- What would Jesus do about actions toward women that “fall short of biblical standards”?
- What would Jesus do about a former convention officer praying for the deaths of the president and members of Congress?
- What would Jesus do about executives who won’t reveal their salaries?
- What would Jesus do about church autonomy protecting predators?
Read the rest of Steve DeVane’s questions and comments on the BaptistPlanet blog.