Someone told me just yesterday that he has learned so much from everyone's blogs --- he has learned a great deal about ecclesiology, soteriology and missiology from some very sharp people who have taken the time to write their thoughts for others to read.
The gains each of you has made in causing people to acknowledge you as interested leaders of the SBC could be lost, however, if anyone in the blogosphere begins to make personal attacks against leaders in the SBC.
Last week Porter Goss resigned as head of the CIA. As he left his home in Washington this past Saturday, Goss told CNN his departure is "just one of those mysteries" and declined to elaborate. He then flew to Ohio, where he delivered a commencement address at Tiffin University. "If this were a graduating class of CIA case officers, my advice would be short and to the point: Admit nothing, deny everything and make counteraccusations," Goss, a former CIA officer.
Interesting comment. May God forbid that anyone in SBC leadership follows the advice imparted to CIA graduates.
The SBC is not the CIA. In fact, we work for a King who demands honesty and integrity. Sometimes when we attempt to deal with issues, those who have a great deal to lose will begin to make personal attacks on those who raise the questions. Here is where true character is seen. How do you and I respond when those attacks come?
It is the mandate of our Lord, and written in Scripture as a Christian ethic, that Christians are to be known for their love. True love is seen in the face of attack. That doesn't mean you can't defend the truth, or set the record straight, but in doing so, it is wise for us all never to personally attack back.
Ronnie Floyd has been a man who has reached many men and women with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is committed to the Scriptures and the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A press release was issued over the weekend announcing Ronnie Floyd's nomination for President of the Southern Baptist Convention by Johnny Hunt. This is the only announced candidate to date.
You may not agree with everything Ronnie does in his church, or condone every methodology of his evangelism, or even like his leadership style --- but I guarantee you that all those things could be said of you, or me, or anybody else who pastors a church or takes leadership in our convention.
Those are not the issues. What is best for the SBC is the issue. Ronnie Floyd is a graced man, with a wonderful family and a great church who supports him. He is more than qualified as a person to lead our convention. The question is not, and should not be about "the person" but rather, "the issues involved."
Therefore, I call upon all my Southern Baptist friends to focus on the issues.
I commend Ronnie Floyd for being willing to make the personal sacrifice to help our convention the way he believes our convention needs help. The decision you must make is based upon two questions: What direction will Ronnie Floyd take our convention? Is that the direction I believe our convention should go?
If you are comfortable with Ronnie Floyd's grasp of the issues in our convention as you see them, and believe that he will address them as President through his powers of appointment, then by all means, vote for Ronnie Floyd.
He is a graced brother who deserves our Christian love.
Let's keep it on the issues.
In His Grace,