We might lose our aversion to thinking. If we actually prefer a baptist democratic polity we may have to become active citizens of the convention again.
This monolithic structure did not invent itself. It is, quite literally, what we used to joke about in reference to a camel. You remember the old joke. What is a camel? It is a horse put together by a committee.
So it might be better to say, this ungainly, unseemly, spitting, kicking, biting, shaggy, flea carrying, uncomfortable ship of the desert, with its ability to endure long dry spells, run fast and haul cargo, did not create itself. This Baptist General Camel of Texas is indeed a sleek thoroughbred put together over a century by a constantly changing "committee of the whole." If it looks like a camel instead of a Palomino, that is by "design but without zoning" (parenthesis mine, for emphasis).
Baptist Christians want to meet every need. We believe we have a God big enough to meet every need. We believe we can get together to make the desert bloom.
Since we want to meet every need we often wander around looking for our initial purpose. We miss missions/evangelism, then remember that is what we are about and so start to call everything missions/evangelism. Church health is missions/evangelism, as is Sunday School, as is Church Music, as is religious liberty, as is Church Starting, as is, well, everything we do.
Then we get a chief administrator who is a little bit juvenile, unable to focus on doing more than starting and starting and starting over again when something bright, shiny and new catches his eye. If he had been dealing for Manhattan Island, he would have bought back his own beads and sworn it was a good meeting.
We should not think, we are told, one little fellow can wreak such damage on a group. On the other hand, we hear, we should believe a new fellow brought in can restore the lost, lift up the fallen and reunite the seceded states. I do not think one person should be able to destroy so much but I know he did it. I do not think one person will redeem the years of the locust but I think he will not restore the union without a major call to love the Lord with all our mind, as well as our heart and strength. The outgoing administration is the least rationally justifiable in our history, which is saying something.
Despite constant assertions to the contrary the BGCT was not an airplane being built while flying under the former administrator. It was a stranded Spruce Goose, marvelous to behold but shot through with design flaws and corrupt in its structure.
If we are to use, not lose, our minds, again, we will not be able to let some well placed experts dictate policy. We will not be able to allow a few to orchestrate policy for the whole. Choices are tough and life is messy but democracies are to be run by citizens, not a few "experts."
We are dying as we are now. It is time to wrest the scalpel from the errant surgeon. Failing that, it is at least time to stop being his patient.