What words come to mind when you hear “Southern Baptist Convention”? Is it an association with comfort, safety, and belonging, or do you begin to spew forth negative thoughts and unintelligible mutterings?
Legalism, Controlling, Fights, Legalists, Hellfire and brimstone, Pharisees, Fried chicken, Don’t drink, Women who can’t wear pants, Disney boycott, Cooperative Program, Banjos, Adrian Rogers, Fundamentalism, Passion, Missions,Conservative, Conservative, Strategic, Bickering, Pharisees, Piano, organ, and robes, Irrelevant, Boycotts, Vacation Bible School, Legalism, Becoming more Reformed, Narrow-minded, Fond memories, sad memories, Legalistic, Awesome dinners, Suits and dresses, Old school, traditional worship, Not real, Legalism, Behind the times, Extreme conservatism, Crazy people, Restricted missionaries, Very legalistic, Bible-believing, More about what you’re against, Jesus followers, Southerner, Swiss Army Knife – all blades open, Evangelizing, Loving yet legalistic, Biblical, Welcoming only to some, Socially relevant, Talk but does not walk missional, Deacon, Legalists, Introduced me to Jesus Christ, Safe, Southern, Don’t understand spiritual gifts, Slavery, Country, Evangelism, Fundamentalist sect,Missions, Tradition, Strength, Legalism, Potential for maximum impact, Small, rural churches, Potential for complete irrelevancy, Easy believism, Inerrancy, Gospel overshadowed by politics, Inerrancy, Fighting, Uptight, Legalistic, Legalism, Passionate about holiness, Staunch, Stuffy holy rollers, Unwavering, Traditionalists, Fundamentalist, Lost the next generation, Hellfire and damnation, Old traditions, Too limited, Close minded, Self-righteous over grace, Hymns, pipe organs, choir, Antiquated, Don’t let God move, Pharisees, Legalism, Name that needs changing, Fights
Missions, Controlling, Baptist from the South, Younger generation desires reform, Relationship with Christ, Cooperation for missions, Baptisms, Missions,Tradition, Cooperative Program,Love, Contrast of old and new, My grandmother, Fried chicken, Solid doctrine, Worldwide missions, Inerrancy, Sunday school, Tradition, Bible, Disney boycott, More negative than positive, Old people, Conservative, Pipe organs, Biblical, In-fighting, Evangelistic, Tradition, Family connections, Legalism, Blind about miracles, Lottie Moon, No drinking, Rich in past, not in future, Don’t know water turned to wine, Fundamentalists, Fellowships, Legalism, Fried chicken and 3 desserts, Men in suspenders, Controlling, Right doctrine, Don’t trust laity, Missionaries, Business meetings, Other Baptists, Legalistic, Name that needs changing, Inefficient.
As you can tell there were a vast amount of responses, and what really seems to bother me the most is that 60% of them are negative.