Drawing obvious comparisons and identifying evil deeds can bring heavy criticism from those being identified. This is especially true of those being identified in a public forum. No one enjoys having his evil deeds exposed in the public forum. Along with several other moderate Baptists, I have come under fire for identifying evil deeds of Baptist Christians in the public forum known as BaptistLife.Com. Which is worse, committing an evil deed or identifying an evil deed? Which is worse in the following examples?
1) Is it worse to commit evil by lying and deceiving people? Or is it worse to identify the evil of those who committed the evil deed?
2) Is it worse destroy the careers of faithful Southern Baptists? Or is it worse for people to identify the evil of destroying careers?
3) Is it worse for the Southern Baptist International Mission Board to fire missionaries for refusing to sign a man-made document? Or is it worse for people to identify the evil of forcing missionaries to compromise their convictions?
4) Is it worse for Southern Baptist fundamentalists to possess a mean-spirited attitude and commit unchristain actions to those do not share their beliefs? Or is it worse for people to identify the mean-spiritedness and unchristain actions?
In the end, which is worse? Is it worse to commit an evil deed? Or is it worse to identify the evil deed?
-- December 17, 2002
(This article was written for BaptistLife.Com Discussion Forums)