ONE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY, DOWN THE DRAIN
The Board of Trustees of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention missed a golden opportunity, in my opinion.
They were assigned the task of investigating the Motion brought by Wade Burleson at the Convention. That assignment fell to them by action of the Convention's committee on the Order of Business, in accordance with certain rules of the convention. I've heard nothing of a committee specially appointed by the BoT to handle that, so the logical assumption is that the BoT, or the Executive Committee of the BoT, is going to handle that themselves. If that's not the case, the only other logical conclusion is that they are not dealing with the assignment, yet.
The charges in Wade's motion, explicit and implicit, were most serious. If untrue, that's equally serious. And they have to be one or the other. It is further in everyone's best interests (in truth) that they be investigated and action be taken, and pronto.
If I'd been chairman of the BoT, and it's a really, really good thing I'm not, I'd personally ask the SBC to appoint a committee themselves to handle the matter, and to make sure at least half the members didn't like us one bit. Get some blood-spitting radicals in there to try to find something. If there's nothing to find, a clean bill from them will put it to rest once and for all. And if there is dirty laundry, they'll get it out in the open, so we can all do laundry.
Anything less than that may very well result in things being "smoothed over" ... which leaves wrongs unrighted and, very likely, wrongdoers unrepentant. There won't be anything happy, and certainly not "politically correct", about their standing before God and explaining why they did what they did. It would be grossly unfair of the BoT to have allowed that to happen. And they'd surely have to assume responsibility for that.
Wade Burleson has said to be patient. OK ... I shall ... perhaps all this is being attended to. I certainly hope so. I'm sure that many of the alleged wrongdoers are good folks who have just painted themselves into a corner, and now have no way out. It would be a crime for us to leave them there.