It’s not news that there are messengers who take to the floor microphones and have questions for our entity heads and it isn’t surprising that David Platt, IMB CEO, will be fielding such over the recently announced IMB personnel policies. What makes me curious about this is an article in the Southern Baptist Texan, news arm of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention on the subject.
The changes that deal with divorce, private prayer languages, and missionary candidate families with teen children would naturally raise questions, I suppose. the Texan article gives voice to one prominent critic, former IMB trustee Lonnie Wascom of Louisiana. Wascom even is quoted as suggesting a question for Platt. Here it is:
“Is it correct that a couple with multiple marriages, saved in a tradition such as the United Methodist church, baptized by any mode considered ‘meaningful’ to the candidate, who may also consider ecstatic utterance to be a normal manifestation of one’s salvation, will now be supported by the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering funds?”
I’d call that a cheap shot question but there’s no rule against them. I’ve asked a few myself.
Our entity heads work for us and should answer, respectfully and forthrightly, whatever question makes it to the floor. There’s no possibility of the convention doing anything about it because it’s a trustee matter. Seems like the changes were received favorably here. Maybe not so favorably elsewhere.
Sorry I will not be there.