It’s a sad commentary on Christianity in America that many people are surprised and even thrilled when a Christian church takes a stand that is, well, Christian. But let’s not quibble: Kudos to Fort Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church for its brave step toward affirming longtime gay members by severing ties with the gay-hating Baptist General Convention of Texas. To understand the significance of this, you should know: Broadway joined BGCT way, way, waaay back in 1886.
For some good background on what led Broadway to its historic decision, check out our cover story from August 2009. Broadway’s pastor Brent Beasley describes the decision to walk away as “sad but necessary.” No doubt he’s a humbler and more pious Christian than I am, because after long and earnest reflection, my response is: “Yo, Baptist General Convention – don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!”