Service Interrupted: A Political Memoir-Chapter Eleven (Continued)

   Since I cannot think of any reasons for the BGCT to continue its operation in place, we will have to think of some reasons together. The present rationale just will not work.

   There is no reason to continue BGCT operation just because it has been in place for so long. Montgomery Wards is gone, with Gibson’s, TG&Y and a thousand other brands. One of the most pathetically hilarious things in this world is to read the Christian anti-Soviet literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Flat Earth Economic Revolution. The BGCT, like all other organizations, has to show some reason for its continued existence as a repository of funds or lose its place.

   There is no reason to continue the BGCT operation simply because there is so much money in place with that institution. The presence of a quarter billion dollars in the organizational web does not give meaning, just weight.

   There is no reason to perpetuate the BGCT merely because it funnels some support to our institutions. In fact, any college or seminary or ministry without its own development team is just not paying attention. Buckner Ministries raises money by the gravitas of its work, for instance.

   There is no authentic reason to dispute the cliche "we can do more together" but there is every reason to question why we have to do more together through an archaic, monolithic structure set on defending itself to death. The rest of the world moves on, while baptist Christians in the Southwest dig in.

   This will sound contradictory since I have previously argued for a meritocratic technocracy in this memoir but, well, democracies are meant to be run by citizens, not "experts." When I plead for persons of merit set in an Eden of technology, I do not mean to offer allegiance to a rule by elitists. Technology, properly used, democratizes governance. Simply to vote is not democratic. In fact, the rulings from the chair at SBC meetings and, sadly now, at BGCT meetings, subvert democracy.

   There is no reason to continue funding the BGCT as an antidote to the mindless Fundamentalist Takeover. The 2000 BF&M (not the empty statement, but its use as a participatory document) closes the door to any formal return to previous relations with the SBC. Institutions that wish to protect themselves from a reactionary takeover should take internal steps to defend themselves after the umbrella structure fails.

   Nor should we continue in the self-delusion that all conventions/denominations/large groups are in decline and will ultimately fall as their muscles atrophy. If that is so, why continue to fund/function through this one?

   Well, because this one is ours. To lose it says something about us.

   So, finally, all politics are local, aren’t they?

   Yes, at the 2007 Amarillo convention, a dear brother asked in motion form for yet another study group to reorganize for efficiency. His resolution exposes the dissatisfaction of the body with the current reorganization, as well as the manifest unease many feel in relation to the future existence of the BGCT.

   I know, it seems I come to bury, not to praise. The BGCT does a lot of good, you will hear, but so did the Whig party in America. When is the last time you voted Whig? Who is the Whig candidate this year for president?

   Abraham Lincoln was a Whig first, you know. He bolted the Whigs because they refused to deal with slavery. In fact, Lincoln’s Republican party came into existence because the Whigs did not take a stand on the primary issue of the day.

   Does the BGCT deal with the burning issue(s) of our day?

   

   

4 thoughts on “Service Interrupted: A Political Memoir-Chapter Eleven (Continued)”

  1. Rick,
    We can argue with such deep logic as Lee’s “Because we have always done it this way”.
    It seems as good a reason as any, but I hope we can find a better one for the next chapter in our saga. I hope and pray it is not the last.
    David Lowrie

  2. Yes Dr.Davis, you hit the nail on the head again. The BGCT will not face the trust issue, the criminal issue, and the shadow convention.

  3. What happens if, for sake of discussion, the home office goes out of business? What effect does it have on the national organization? And the rival state organization? Do they get drawn under in the backwash?

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