One month ago KFOR Channel 4 out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma sent a reporter and photographer to Enid, Oklahoma to interview me regarding the recommendation for my removal as a trustee of the IMB by other trustees, the eventual unanimous rescision of that same recommendation, and the possibility of me being nominated for President of the SBC.
During the thirty minute interview I was gracious to everyone involved in the controversy, briefly articulated my concerns about the direction we seem to be moving as a convention, but emphasized my belief that the SBC continues to remain a wonderful convention with exciting opportunities to take the gospel of Christ around the world and is a convention filled with multitudes of wonderful, conservative evangelicals.
When it was over the reporter said they would be running the interview during "Sweeps Week," the week in May when television stations try to get their highest ratings in order to increase the next quarter's advertising rates. I found it odd that the television station would find this newsworthy enough for such a prime spot.
That is, until I saw the advertisement this weekend regarding the interview. The title of the advertisement was "Baptist Blowup" and the reporter stated the controversy had the attention of "the world" and might eventually rip the SBC.
Good grief. Talk about sensationalism.
The interview will be on the news Tuesday night. I know what I said, and I can guarantee you there is nothing controversial in it. The exaggeration of the consequences of the controversy is another reminder to me that the secular media will do all they can to emphasize controversy and pay little attention to the good news of Jesus Christ or the good being done by the SBC and other conservative evangelical organizations.
This is also a reminder to everyone in leadership in the SBC that we ought to resist the tendency to emphasize the non-essentials, quit the silly political games and agendas that distract from the gospel of Jesus Christ, and think long and hard before we take any actions that could have repercussions throughout the secular world.
Let's focus on the gospel and taking Christ to the nations. I'm in the SBC for the long haul and will work toward reform, always in a spirit of love, and look forward to the future as a Southern Baptist.
In His Grace,