"I'm not worried about churches in our tradition conforming to the culture. I'm worried about them not effectively engaging the culture," Moore said in an interview. "We have to be able to speak with conviction about what we believe. We have to speak to people."
The Moore referred to in this article is The Rev. Russell Moore, an organizer of this week's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission National Conference.
According to the photo caption of the article, "Southern Baptists organized the three-day event to strengthen the resolve of Christians preaching the increasingly unpopular view that gay relationships are sinful."
To put it mildly, I disagree with their assertion that gay relationships are sinful, and I disagree with an awful lot of this article.
But yeowza, YES-- engaging the culture, speaking our beliefs with conviction--that's good good stuff for all of us. I think the conforming to culture is a danger for all people, regardless of their faith, and I am inspired by the idea of a dedicating several days to strengthening resolve on a single issue.
First thing, of course, we would need to agree to that single issue...