WHY ARE SOME SBC LEADERS MAINSTREAMING ISLAM?
by JIM FLETCHER
MAY 31, 2013
Southern Baptist operative Ed Stetzer is a leader.We know this because he tells us so.
In a USA Today piece from April 26, Stetzer, president of research at LifeWay, advances his agenda of mainstreaming Islam within the evangelical world. It is an agenda item that his friends like Rick Warren and Bob Roberts Jr. have been engaged with for some time.
When self-identified leaders within evangelicalism are afforded spots on the biggest platforms, it appears they are speaking for the rest of us.
Which is ironic, because that’s what Stetzer’s USA Today PR piece for Islam seems to warn against: understanding others through the lens of what a few say.
Ed Stetzer doesn’t speak for me, and many, many other Christians. In fact, I want to be clear about my view of his view of Islam: he’s wrong.
Let me also be clear about something else: it’s obvious that there are still many Southern Baptist pastors and leaders and laypersons who are staunch supporters of Israel, and who recognize the agenda of the jihadists to infiltrate the church.
The problem is that visible leaders like Stetzer, Rick Warren, and Bob Roberts Jr. seem intent on pushing their Muslim friends on the rest of us.
(By the way, as an interesting aside, readers should know that Brian McLaren links to Stetzer’s column on his own blog, thus giving McLaren legitimacy also in SBC circles—warmly, as McLaren himself might put it. Note to Stetzer: if Brian McLaren endorses you, it might be time to re-think those positions that garnered the endorsement.)
In his attempt to appear as a tolerant, reasonable person, Stetzer makes the following point at USA Today: