For my Southern Baptist readers, here are some of my bullet point observations about our Southern Baptist Convention meeting this past week:
- God’s a great God who works through His people somehow. How thousands of Baptists meeting in one room accomplish anything is beyond me; it’s only through God’s grace that we function together.
- We need each other. Somehow, we work through committees, give input from the floor, discuss and vote together, and most often come out with a stronger product because we work together.
- We’re all still messy, sinful brothers and sisters. Sometimes our prejudices become apparent, our tempers flare, our impatience screams, our political jockeying manipulates – but we’re still part of the same family.
- Some younger Southern Baptists don’t understand our history, and some older SB’s are afraid of our future – and both groups might be missing what God’s doing. Younger leaders do need to understand better what God did through the Conservative Resurgence, and we older leaders need to trust that God will work equally powerfully through the young leaders He’s now raising up. I, for one, am excited about the days to come.
- Many of us genuinely long for God to do something miraculous through us. The numbers may not be as high as we’d like, but some members of our family stay on their knees asking God to send an awakening.
- We’re an evangelistic denomination from a distance. That is, we’re more committed to giving so others can do evangelism and plant churches than we are to doing these tasks ourselves.
- God was gracious to us in the presidential election. The spirit with which J.D. Greear and Steve Gaines modeled prayerful humility before us was nothing less than powerful. The call to unity for the sake of the gospel should echo loudly in our own lives.
- The transition from one generation of leaders to another is upon us. Some may say that Dr. Gaines’ election shows that the “old guard” remains in charge, but that’s not the case, in my opinion. Young families among the crowd and younger leaders on the platform remind us that the future is here. Dr. Gaines will wisely and prayerfully help us move into that future together.
- We’re not even close to perfect, but God blesses us anyway. Southern Baptists, as parochial and internally focused as we can be at times, are somehow still touching the nations for God’s glory.
- God’s in charge. We can rest in that truth.
Just my thoughts . . . .