"The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost"
“Cowards run the greatest dangers of any men in a battle”
Recently, a thoughtfully educated student at Liberty University called your glamorous blogettes, “morons”. Obviously, his superior intellect judged our intelligence lacking. We were sooo hurt. However, since reviewing the brouhaha over the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR), I am beginning to fear that he was right. Why? Because I just don’t get it.
One of the first things I learned when I became a Christian was the Great Commission. As Jesus was about to rejoin His Father, He left us with an important message.
From Matthew 28:18-20 in the NIV: “18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Bible Gateway)
The Great Commission quite simply means to preach the Gospel to everyone, make disciples of everyone, and teach everyone to obey what Christ has commanded. This is no big secret. Jesus did not convene a conclave to secretly plot out his scheme for world domination. None of the disciples held powwows to conspiratorially decide to “spread the Good News”. They just did it. They witnessed so much that they were arrested, tortured, sent to the lions, and run out of town. Yet, they did not stop from proclaiming the Good News…
However, today’s SBC Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has mandated that their discussions regarding this GCR plan be handled like some sort of black ops worthy of an episode on “24”. (Maybe "Get Smart" would be a better description)
By the way, just because an organization calls itself “Baptist” doesn’t mean that it is behaving in a Christian manner. In fact, I think the GCR leadership is made up of a bunch of “WUSSES!” Yep, scaredy cats, mama’s boys, weenies, jazzbo’s, etc., etc.
Why? Because I can’t find one explanation that shows these folks to have any strength of conviction. They are just plumb afraid that people will be “mad at them” if they hear about the proceedings of such meetings. Poor babies……
So, this “stupid” woman has a simple question? WHY????????????????
I have searched and searched for an explanation, and the best one I could find was on Wade Burleson’s website.
If this individual is correct, then the SBC is in deep trouble. (Note 6/16: We do not know whether or not this person actually believes what he has written. We shall assume that his remarks were put forth as theories. )
Let’s take a look at the explanation presented by this commenter.
EXPLANATION NUMBER ONE:
“ As a former VP candidate mentioned: "Gotcha-media." The current climate of the SBC is filled with a lot of hostility. How often have the words of this very blog been misunderstood (at best), twisted, mischaracterized and used against the author. Sealing the records protect the GCR members from that type of abuse and that is a fair protection to offer them. Think about how many people are angered by this report. Bloggers, Executive Committee members, NAMB employees, convention workers, and Pastors. Opening the records gives a LOT of people with platforms to do a lot of damage access to material that they could easily mischaracterize and twist for their own gain. Look, I know none of us are going to feel sorry for Ronnie Floyd if his words are used against him in some way. But keep in mind there are 20-something other people on this Task Force. It is honorable, not deplorable, to protect those people from having rocks cast at them”.
We, the stupid sheep, are unable to understand the higher purposes of this committee. We might, in our stupidty, get upset and use their words against them. These poor task force members do not have the strength of character to stand up to controversy. So, instead of depending on the Holy Spirit to give them courage, they depend on locks and guards.
Furthermore, why would rocks be cast at them for encouraging the faithful to fulfill the Great Commission? There is a simple answer. This is NOT about the Great Commission. The Great Commission is simply a smoke screen for another agenda, which usually means politics and money.
Also, notice, they are very afraid of bloggers. Good! My fellow bloggers are doing their job keeping these “fraidy cats” accountable.
EXPLANATION NUMBER TWO:
“People make mistakes. We have all been in a meeting and said something that we regretted. Something that wasn't fair and was either not an accurate representation of what we feel or was accurate but we were just wrong. In such a scrutinized report as the GCR, innocent mistakes (not stuff driven by ego and pride) could (read: will most certainly) be blown up to massive issues (see number one above!).”
There are some things that they don’t want you to know. In Wade Burleson’s book, “Hardball Religion” (which got the SBC honchos miffed off), Burleson mentions a little incident about a knife that was pulled by one of the godly members of the IMB. Such an insignificant thing shouldn’t be relayed to the stupid sheep out there, should it? They might get their noses out of joint.
Yesterday, a video was released which showed one of our yahoo North Carolina (we are North Carolinians) Democrat representatives, Bob Etheridge, grabbing the arm and neck of a college student who had the audacity to ask him the following question: “Do you fully support President Obama’s policies?” This video clearly shows a man unhinged and will probably affect his campaign, as well it should.
Now, Etheridge will have to act like a real man and explain his stupid actions. Real men can say, “I was wrong.” Real men can say, “Wish I could take it back.” SBC wusses appear to be cowards who do not have the fortitude to defend their convictions or apologize for their mistakes. Man up, boys and girls!
EXPLANATION NUMBER THREE:
“Evaluate the report – not the people who compiled it or what they said while creating it. The fact that Ronnie Floyd is leading the GCR has already undermined this to some degree. But Southern BaptistS need to set aside some differences for the next little bit and evaluate the ideas in the report FAIRLY based on their merits and potential effectiveness. Keeping the records sealed takes the focus off WHAT was said and WHO said it and puts the focus on the critical decisions at hand. Do you think, in the current environment, Southern Baptists are mature enough to do this if the records were made public!? If so, please call me to discuss a bridge I am selling”.
Most Baptists are not as mature as
this exceptional person. the GCR and the GCR leadership. If he is correct then it would appear that the GCR and SBC leadership clearly understands the issues, and the rest of us immature morons do not! He/she then lectures us on how to read the report since we are clearly unable to do so without “Cliff Notes.” We, the stupid, need to read the report and evaluate the points, not the personalities behind the points.
Has this person ever If this person is correct and the GCR crowd believes this, has the committee ever taken a basic English Literature course? Why do we always study the author along with the book? Because, to understand the book, one needs to understand the intent of the author!!!!!
Methinks this writer
knows suspects that there are issues with those on the committee. That is why we are being told to ignore them. Remember “the man behind the curtain” in “The Wizard of Oz?” When Dorothy and her friends pulled back the curtain, they discovered he wasn’t a wizard at all – only an insecure techie. But, not wanting to be found out, he had his fake wizard say, “Ignore the man behind the curtain.” Apparently, that is what the GCR Task Force wants us to do. That would be a big mistake.
The members of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force have mixed motives. It is important to understand who these people are, how they stand to benefit from their involvement, and whether or not they have even fully participated in the committee meetings.
A word of caution… There is both prestige and money associated with this group. I would like to ask that the leadership release how much money is being paid to the GCR Task Force along with thecompensation of time and travel expenses, etc. In Burleson’s book, I learned that committee membership can involve fancy hotels, lovely venues, great meals, and other perks. All of this, of course, on Grannie’s tithe.
There is only one part of the GCR report that would need to be kept confidential. That would involve any missionary planning of closed countries such as those in the Muslim world; however, that portion could be kept out of the general report and everyone would understand.
But, as I have said, this report seems to have very little to do with the Great Commission. Seriously, when Jesus returned to His Father, do you think He gave secret reports to His disciples? If Dan Brown happens to be reading, he may find fodder to write “The GCR Code”. The plot could involve the GCR Task Force actually being the possessors of some secret scrolls written by Jesus.
Embarrassing moments are part of human life. We all insert our feet in our mouths from time to time. And all of us put on our adult panties and deal with it. In fact, the Bible clearly recounts embarrassing episodes. There was the “Hey, can we sit on your left and right sides when you come into your kingdom” incident by James and John. Then there was the “I’ll never deny you” statement of Peter.
What is so wrong about letting our weaknesses be recorded? The only reason I can think of not to do so is that these folks know they are going to say something dumb, and they don’t believe the Holy Spirit will protect them. Maybe their egos are just a tad too big and their faith too small? (Maybe their hearts are three sizes too small as well.)
Jesus knew His followers would be persecuted, tortured, and martyred. Yet, He said He would send them a Helper to carry them through. I wonder if this committee actually believes that the Holy Spirit is powerful? They seem to think they need to do this on their own.
Now, there may be other reasons for this “top secret” approach to witnessing, but I can’t think of any. But, because I am a “moron” I may need help. Any good thoughts out there?
In the meantime, I need to investigate sightings of black helicopters at the SBC Annual Meeting in Orlando. Calling Jack Bauer……..