A reporter called today and asked what I thought about Jerry Sutton "throwing his hat into the Presidential ring" of the Southern Baptist Convention. I basically said it was a blessing for Southern Baptists to have multiple candidates because it was evidence that a new day was dawning in the SBC.
Please allow me a moment of personal privilege. I love the Southern Baptist Convention. I am loyal to my fellow Southern Baptists and I'm proud, in a good sense of the word, of the phenominal work we have accomplished for the Kingdom throughout our country and the world. I realize there are other wonderful, evangelical denominations and non-profit ministries that a doing a great work as well, but I rejoice in what God is doing through the SBC and I believe our brightest days very well may be ahead.
What excites me the most is that any attempt by an oligarchy to control the direction of the convention is splintering. The attempt by a few to control Boards and the nominating process in order to get "our men" in positions of service is over. I believe that Southern Baptists have now said "enough" to the methodologies of the past. It is time for us all to prayerfully seek to elect those men and women in the Southern Baptist Convention who display a love for Scripture, a passion for the lost, a support for our cooperative mission efforts, and a disinterest in poltical appointments. In other words, we need people who are willing to serve and don't see appointments as "rewards" for past loyalty or service.
Now to my opinion of the three men.
I believe they are all good men who have reached hundreds of people with the gospel of Jesus Christ and have built great churches.
Paige Patterson and Johnny Hunt support Ronnie Floyd.
Judge Pressler and others support Jerry Sutton.
Frank Page is supported by those who believe that it is time for our convention to be led by people who support the Cooperative Program. His church, giving over 12% to the CP and a record dollar amount in the history of the South Carolina Conveniton, is a model of CP support.
For that reason alone, and trusting in his personal pledge to me to appoint a broad section of Southern Baptists, I believe Frank Page is the best candidate of the three.
I am grateful our convention has a choice this year.
It should be interesting.
In His Grace,