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too self-absorbed

Dr. Jimmy Draper made some rather stunning comments yesterday to the pastors' conference that preceeds the SBC . Ethics Daily reports on it here, including this:

"We need to admit that the problem with America today is not the government or the politicians," Draper said. "It is not Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John McCain. It's not the senators or representatives. The problem is not the educational system or the economy. It's not the liberals or the abortionists. The problem lies with us."

"We conservatives claim to have the truth and we think we are rich in spiritual position and power, but yet we are cold, complacent, impotent and unattractive, and irrelevant to the world," Draper said. "I hate to say it, but we are not plateaued. We're not even just declining. We're in a free fall."

Draper said only three years since 1950 produced fewer than last year's 346,000 Southern Baptist baptisms.

"You know why we don't win the lost?" Draper asked. "Because we don't like them. They are different from us. We don't care for them. We have no real love for them."

"People just don't touch eternity when they are around us," Draper said. "We're too self-absorbed."


Anonymous Michael said...

I don't doubt this one bit. The Baptists that most nonbelievers are familiar with are bombastic televangelists who are more involved in politics than they are preaching the gospel. They have a tendency to show more hatred for their fellow man (if they don't agree with them) than they do love. Even simple issues like having a cold beer every-now-and-then have become reasons to hate someone.

It is hard for us "normal" Baptists to get our foot in the door when we are constantly compared to these yahoos.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:34:00 AM

Blogger Kevin Bussey said...


Good for Dr. D.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 12:00:00 PM

Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Wow! I hope people took him seriously.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:09:00 PM


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