What happens when you marginalize by categorizing so that your numbers of participants reflect your narrow pedagogy? You may portend to speak for much larger numbers but cannot get them to participate out of fear of being labeled by thoughtful dissent. Certainly the criticism will arise, “why did you not go, vote your conscience, speak your mind.” Point taken. Spend time with those who lead in those circles and you will find your answer.
So, what happens? We vote to disconnect from the organization we helped to found because in the end a few of the over 110 million Baptists represented by the BWA made comments, protested and otherwise condescended. They do not reflect the leadership of the BWA nor do they represent the majority. Rather, they become the objectified in the debate so that we mask our disgust over the admission of our adversary – the CBF.
What happened to Jesus’ words, “love your enemies.” Maybe we have misunderstood. Maybe we are to love our enemies who are outside the Kingdom but it is certainly within bounds to hate/hold contempt for our brothers in the Kingdom when they fail to agree with our pedagogy.
I’ll opt to support the BWA and the SBC. I will love them both. I may dissent but will support and love.