So, why bother?
I am not arguing for the survival of the present conventions in place, nor for most of the local associations of baptist Christians. It is possible to advocate for certain persons; Tom Billings, Charles Price, Randy Babin, David Smith, but one can advocate the ministry of these men without necessarily binding oneself to their organizations.
And, there are others.
I argue for the continued existence of the Free Church strain without necessarily championing the present arrangements or organizations. The CFKATBGCT would benefit from a pervasive personnel purge. The SBC could stop talking about its resurgence because empirical data flatly shows the thirty plus years of the "resurgence" have not been a resurgence at all.
So, why bother? Why not just let nature take its course, why not just let history extract its penalty? The TBC para-church group imploded around its central personality and, at a time when such a group could probably be helpful in some ways, has no cache left.
Adversarial bloggers do not kill these groups. We report on their excesses, forecast the consequences of continued malevolent practices and embrace the umbrage accorded our (predictably reliable) warnings.
So, why bother?
The reason I advocate for America is simply divisible into one or two categories. I am an American, so I have an emotional attachment to this greatest of nations. Also, I am a citizen of this world, and I do not see another America anywhere. There is only the one government of the people, by the people and for the people. I do not think it should vanish from the earth. I feel we should defend it with our lives, our fortune and our sacred honor. I do not accept the idea of an Islamic-America or a Europeanized America. I do not accept the idea of an American dominated by the amoral familism of the South American peasant class.
I advocate for the Free Church (baptist Christian) tradition for reasons very like those that spur me to advocate America. I am a baptist, Free Church Christian, for all its wants and worries. I believe in the separation of Church and state because I want the church protected from the state. I believe in an educated clergy because there is more to exposition of the Scripture than hitting "print" on someone's sermon website. I accept the Priesthood of the Believers because I have yet to meet an individual believer who did not need the correction of the mainstream of believers.
We could go on.
I advocate for the Free Church (baptist Christian) tradition because I do not see another one like it in the world, historically or presently. I love the Roman Catholic rituals and traditions, the quiet reverence of Anglicans and Episcopalians. It is not necessary to go too far with any other group before one sees their populist failures, lost in dependence on the remote central authorities. The Free Church is about Local Control.
I could go on.
Tomorrow, I will.