So .. What IS In A Name?
What's in a name? I have no idea, and I really don't care. But, seemingly, the messengers to multiple Annual Meetings have cared.
The issue has apparently arisen before .. appoint a committee to study the name by which the SBC is known, and make recommendations to the Convention as a whole. I understand that's been voted down more than once. IF that's the case...
Messengers were saying "I don't care about the work .. whether the name poses any hindrance in other areas besides the South .. whether the roots in the by-products of the issue of slavery negatively affect the work ... whether "Baptist" has negative baggage which hinders the work everywhere (among non-Baptists)" .. and on this last matter I can speak with some knowledge. Speaking as an ex-Methodist and ex-Presbyterian ... 3 different Presbyterian denominations at that .. I can tell you it does. I don't know a lot of jokes about either of those denominations, but I sure do about Baptists, for instance.
Would a name change further the SBC's role in the Kingdom work? I have no earthly idea.
Would it be expensive? Probably, but as long as we see God as our source of supply, that's surely no problem.
BUT: for the Convention assembled to say "We don't want to know those things .. we value our name more than the downside of any of that" ... just affirms the wisdom of one of my favorite Despair.com posters:
"NONE OF US IS AS DUMB AS ALL OF US"