At the SBC 2009 in Louisville, there were far more highlights than there were lowlights, as seen in my previous post. However, there were some significant moments and observations I came away with from my first SBC Annual Meeting that were rather discouraging. Here are some that I jotted down:
1. Morris Chapman
What Morris Chapman did as a part of the Executive Committee report should be enough to bring about his resignation. It was that bad. Seriously. Whether he claims ignorance or spoke with such ill-informed knowledge, the level of incompetence and grandstanding for political agendas as the most influential bureaucrat in the SBC is appalling. There is too much power and pulpit for one man among a convention of autonomous, local churches to continually say such things without accountability to the convention he is positioned as the Executive Committee CEO.
2. Motions & Moralism
It has been pointed out already by several that motions can be made by any credentialed messenger at the SBC and that the motions do not necessarily represent the common voice of the SBC populace. While that is true, I do believe the motions reveal a lot about the ongoing need for the recovery of the gospel in the SBC. The Pastor’s Conference centered a great deal on gospel unity, passion for mission, and a commitment to seeing renewal in our local churches. The motions, however, focused on education, boycotts, homosexuals, drinking, cussing, flags, etc., all of which leads me to the next lowlight.