It seems that those who are running for President of the Southern Baptist Convention or those who are supporting particular candidates are now being asked some very difficult questions about things they said in the past, have done in the past, or are currently doing in the present. These questions run the gamut from CP giving, the propriety of endorsements for candidates from SBC agency heads, evangelism techniques, church leadership, etc . . .
What disturbs me is that the people who are asking specific, issue oriented questions are now under attack themselves. In other words, the character of the questioners are being called into question as a diversion from people having to answer the questions. Those character attacks against the questioners contain words like "mean spirited," "unchristian," "troublemakers," etc . . .
The people who are asking the questions phrase the inquiries with specific information about words spoken or actions taken by the Presidential candidates or their supporters, but I find it very troubling that the debate seems to be being turned from the issues being raised to the character of those raising the issues.
I am familiar with this strategy.
When I was publicly accused of gossip and slander, later changed to resistance to accountability and loss of trust, I requested that someone, anyone, give me the specifics. I have continued to ask for this, and I also said I welcome everything being made public. I have only talked about the issues on my blog, and have always been respectful of everyone, particularly those who disagree with me on the issues. However, I don't think it is morally acceptable for anyone to make charges against someone's character for simply raising questions.
Of course, I have always believed that what some did not like was WHAT I was saying, and in some cases asking, and as a result, there was an attempt to silence me by making character accusations. It didn't work. I have forgiven those involved and I am moving on.
But let's not let those who now shout "Stop attacking!" confuse our understanding. When someone asks tough, appropriate questions, those questions deserve an answer. I would caution all about attacking the questioners, whether they be bloggers like Marty Duren, Ben Cole, Tad Thompson, Art Rogers, Dorcas Hawker, Wes Kenney, David Rogers, and a host of others who have displayed both wisdom and courage in asking tough questions, or even the more denominational loyalists like Morris Chapman, Anthony Jordan, Jerry Rankin and others who have raised questions via the more established media. Not one of these individuals who is asking tough questions is attacking anyone's character, they are only asking good, tough, specific questions.
There is a real difference between character attacks and asking tough questions.
Again, I for one know the difference.
In His Grace,