Wednesday, June 21, 2006

SBC & Athens

I've been looking at the post-SBC comments. Some good things there.

The Southern Baptist Convention is the best example of Athenian democracy left on the planet. At certain points, any person can stand at a microphone and say anything, make any motion (within agreed bounds), from the greatest to the least, the biggest church pastors to the smallest, everyone is the same and everyone has a vote. It is simply beautiful in that respect. The Greensboro meeting brought that back in a strong way, as a few powerful (and good) people did not get their people elected. It was, as Alan Jackson would say, the little man, who ran this convention and elected Frank Page in an outright vote, strongly affirmed the Cooperative Program, and steered the SBC away from pettiness in theological non-essentials.

I think the Cooperative Program has been talked about more in the last two months than in the last 50 years. That's good, and will make us a better group of churches. It is only the CP, afterall, that binds our local churches together as the SBC.

Moravian motto:
In essentials, unity.
In non-essentials, liberty.
In all things, charity.