Wesley Spears is a student at Samford University and columnist for the Samford Crimson. He blogs at The Reluctant Baptist.
Holding our Scriptures to tough standards is not a matter of disrespect but of courage.
As a student at Samford University, I find myself in and out of professors’ offices a lot. As a religion major, most often it’s to meet with my faculty adviser, Dr. Jim Barnette. In his office hangs a small picture that I didn’t notice at first. Taking a closer look one day I recognized one of the two figures as Martin Luther King Jr. I asked my professor who the other man in the picture was. He smiled broadly and said, “That’s my dad, Henlee Barnette.”
USA Today reported recently that Alabama churches were leading the charge against the state’s recently passed new immigration law. This should not be surprising, but it is. That is a testament to the church’s failure in the social arena in recent years, particularly the evangelical Protestant church.