Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Out of Order!

Megachurch pastors are a funny breed. The ones with whom I am acquainted are really pleasant, godly guys but they all have the same flaw. Their flaw is in their church they always get their way any way they choose to get it.

This past year we saw the megachurch mentality in full view when SBC President, Bryant Wright, took it upon himself to appoint a committee to study a name change for the SBC. The only problem with that was President Wright did not and does not have the authority to appoint a committee which has not been approved by the messengers of an annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Apparently President Wright either did not know about this little detail or he did not care. Megachurch pastors are so used to getting their own way, that Wright was probably operating out of megachurch mode by instinct.

Unfortunately, the SBC name change committee is not a valid committee approved by messengers of an annual meeting, therefore, any recommendation that this rogue committee may bring before the next annual meeting should be ruled "out of order." If we allow this unauthorized committee to bring a recommendation to the floor then we will be setting a dangerous precedent. Future presidents may think they have carte blanche to create any committees to study any issues they wish, whether the convention knows about or not.

One other point is that messengers should not allow President Wright or anyone else to present the committee to the messengers for their approval after the fact. This also would be a dangerous precedent.

Personally, I think the committee came to the right conclusion in not changing the SBC name, but the point I'm making in this post is one of principle, not of committee recommendations. The SBC Name committee has not been authorized by the messengers of the SBC, thus any recommendations should be ruled out of order.