The SBC blogworld is beginning to warm up now as the Indy date quickly approaches. Speculations, confirmations and predictions are the music of the keyboards. Certainly, it is a privilege to serve as president of the SBC and in the capacity of president, the ability to appoint the Committee on Committees which nominates the Committee on Nominations is also a heavy responsibility. The trustees, which eventually are elected out of this cycle, determine the direction that the ship of the SBC and its entities will sail. While one may argue that the responsibility of the trustee is to reflect the beliefs of those who were responsible for electing the president, it is highly unlikely that the trustee will vote in any way contrary to his own personal convictions and political leanings. Therefore, I believe it is possible to say that the trustee is not so much a representative of the people as he is a representative of an ideology. And this, the ideology, is where the great divides occur. To some, the issue of how a candidate feels about Calvinism is the chief concern while others are pondering his view on the role of women in the church and yet even others are pondering if his ideology will continue along the lines of the Conservative Resurgence begun in '79. Should the next president be a small church pastor or a large church pastor? Should the next president be the president of one of the seminaries or should they not be allowed to serve as SBC presidents? To be sure, each group will claim that Scripture and God are on their side as well as the use of historical precedent to bolster their belief. What an amazing amalgam, this group called the SBC.
Yet, for many SBCers, this time in June will pass with no thoughts of Indy but plenty of action at VBS. For many years, that is the position I took. I was willing to swim in the pond of the SBC without much concern for the water in the pond, because after all, I am a pastor of an AUTONOMOUS church and no echelon exists to tell me what my church can or cannot do. Ah, BUT, the church I serve has chosen to associate itself with the SBC and so it becomes a matter of importance to us about that by which we can be/are identified. It becomes important then for us to let our voice be known in this ship of the SBC. We therefore seek presidents whose ideologies most reflect our own because we trust that the president will make appointments of those of like mind on our ideologies as well. In turn, then, we swim in a pond of our own making, or so we hope.
The challenge to shape the pond is a formidable task desired by many. In pursuit of this challenge, temptations will abound both visible and in stealth. Guard your hearts and your keyboards. There is no reason for any of us to be devoured by Satan if we truly are all seeking the exaltation of Christ and the decrease of ourselves. Run. Run Hard. Run Clean.
And that is how I see it.