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31 October 2005

Why Am I Not Surprised?

Matthew 10:42 says, "If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." But Hurricane Wilma victims at one relief station in Florida reportedly had to drive three miles to get drinking water, because Southern Baptist volunteers serving hot meals refused to give away cans of water donated by Anheuser-Busch... (Read the rest)

(h/t: Mainstream Baptist)

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Blogger jasdye said ... (10/31/2005 11:28:00 PM) : 

y'know, sometimes i just don't want to believe stuff. this is one of those times.


Blogger Daniel Levesque said ... (10/31/2005 11:59:00 PM) : 

I hope your source is mistaken. I know Baptists are opposed to the consumption of alcohol, but charity is good almost always regardless of the source. (I can think of a few exceptions, the mafia and others who like to call in their favors in a bad way)



Blogger Marcguyver said ... (11/02/2005 07:12:00 PM) : 

Volunteers working with the Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Unit honored the request of the host pastor to set aside canned water with an Anheuser-Busch logo. At no time was anyone deprived of water. In fact, there was a huge surplus of bottled and canned water available at the Clewiston relief site. There was never any disruption in the supply of water being given out to members of the public who continued to receive food, water and other types of assistance from Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief workers.
It is an absolute falsehood to suggest -- as many irresponsible bloggers have -- that the Baptist volunteers withheld the basic needs of life from Floridians impacted by the hurricane. Contrary to misinterpretations of news reports, no one was denied access to water.
One may disagree with the strong stand that many Southern Baptists take against the consumption of alcohol. One may even regard such opposition to alcohol as offensive.
But it's impossible to say truthfully that this conviction caused any inconvenience or shortage for victims of Hurricane Wilma. The facts are exactly the opposite.
The fact is that virtually all of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers serve selflessly -- taking time away from employment and family to minister in the name of Jesus Christ. Churches such as First Baptist Church, Clewiston, graciously serve as host sites -- providing a place where food, water and other necessities of life may be obtained by anyone in need -- without regard to religion or any other demographic consideration.

-- Keith Hinson, public relations associate
Alabama Baptist Convention State Board of Missions
Montgomery, Alabama


Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (11/02/2005 09:33:00 PM) : 

Thanks for the differing perspective, Marcguyver. But let's keep a couple of things in mind:

1) That was written by a PR associate. It's damage control.

2) It's a falsehood to suggest that it's irresponsible bloggers who are spreading lies. The article I linked to came from Ethics Daily, which is a Baptist publication. The news report that Ethics Daily bases its report on spoke to SBC volunteers who back the story's claims. And the news story also reports that some SBC volunteers were giving out water anyway.


Blogger Marcguyver said ... (11/03/2005 06:47:00 PM) : 

Just posted it for information purposes, you know, a look at both sides of the argument.

I'm not affiliated with the SBC and don't know anything about them, thought it was an interesting perspective.


Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (11/04/2005 09:42:00 PM) : 

I'm glad you did post that, Marcguyver. Hope I didn't sound snarky. I think I just have a natural aversion to the SBC. :)


Blogger Marcguyver said ... (11/05/2005 05:58:00 PM) : 

You know it's funny, they've been getting a lot of press lately (good and bad it seems) but I don't know much about them, other than they appear to be the largest denomination in the U.S.
I've been doing some blogging on a couple sites that are very involved in the SBC and they almost seem to have a very haughty 'Us vs. Them' type attitude in everything they post or do.
It's like no one can openly debate without becoming a complete outcast to them or something. I for one always welcome a challenge to the ideas, theology, or beliefs that I have. Keeps you fresh and in the Word.


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