Friday, September 23, 2011

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"

4 Comments:

At 11:10 AM, September 23, 2011, Blogger Rick Boyne said...

I submitted, "Fried Chicken Baptist Convention" - accurately describes most of us.....

 
At 3:54 PM, September 23, 2011, Blogger John Notestein said...

Sometimes we seem to worship the Name instead of the King.

 
At 3:21 PM, September 25, 2011, Blogger Aussie John said...

Bob,

Proverbs 22:1.

It takes many years for a name to have much respect and regard attached to it, regard that comes from honest dealings, openness of all decision making, no secrets, and no partisanship.

Changing a name cannot alter the results of past indiscretions, as it cannot give a new demeanor.

 
At 4:15 PM, September 25, 2011, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

AJ: you are SO right. If sentence #2 isn't addressed properly by a group, the name is irrelevant .. in any group that counts on God to give the increase, that is.

 

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