I get this occasional eruption where I feel that the SBC made a mistake in exiting the Baptist World Alliance some years ago. I get to thinking that maybe we ought to be a part of that global Baptist outfit and just swallow hard every now and then.
Then I read about their meetings, like the splendid one just completed in Honolulu.
Can’t quite put my finger on it but an assortment of speakers on liberation theology of some sort, women’s issues, ethnocentrism, etc, although the session on the ethics of tourism was appropriate, if they could keep attendees in the classroom and off Waikiki Beach.
Associated Baptist Press (where SBCers go to get Baptist news that BP will not print) has a series of stories on the meeting.
The SBC’s Executive Committee, as a substitute for membership in BWA, hired Bobby Welch to be our Global Ambassador. Welch is our peripatetic preacher whose planetary travels has surely put him in the stratosphere with frequent flyer miles. Welch flys, meets, creates partnerships, returns, talks about it, etc. etc.
The guy is a stick of dynamite for Jesus but I just don’t catch the concept here.
So…if the BWA is not something we really want to rejoin and the Executive Committee has missed the mark with their Global whatever office, what should we do?
Maybe trust the International Mission Board with such work?
Have a nominal involvement with BWA?
Continue to have an impressive sounding name for our own in-house global Baptist thing?
Some Baptist at a higher pay level should enlighten us here.