I not attending the Southern Baptist Convention this year in Louisville.
It's not because I think it is irrelevant; I think it is very important.
It's not because I loathe the politics that will go on. Don't get me wrong; I don't like religious politicians. They are no better than modern day Pharisees.
It's not because I have lost interest in what the SBC is doing. I think God will still use our Convention.
It's not because I have given up on the Southern Baptist denomination. Despite so-called "declining numbers" I see our church growing.
It's not because I don't believe in the direction of the convention.
It's not because I don't believe in the leadership.
These are all "good" excuses for not attending. But the sad fact of the matter of why I am not attending the convention this year is because I don't have the funds to go.
That may also sound like an excuse, but it is completely valid. I can't blame the economy. I can't blame my church (because I didn't request the funds in last year's budget). But I just don't have the discretionary money to go to KY.
Now, if they were making it live on the internet or even had satellite venues, then I'd be there!
So, I'm not going because I can't afford it.