In a move that was predicted by many after the controversy that occurred earlier this year, Dr. Richard Land has announced his retirement from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, effective in October of next year. Baptist Press’ article can be found here.
When the trustees of the ERLC reprimanded Land and took away his radio program after racially insensitive remarks about the Trayvon Martin tragedy and the plagiarism allegations were made public earlier this year, many expected that Land’s retirement was imminent. It is probably the best solution to the situation.
Land will still be at the helm of the ERLC for 15 months, while his successor is sought.
Several questions seem appropriate here:
1) Who will be the successor to Dr. Land?
2) Some have suggested that the ERLC become less about one man and his advocacy and more of a team effort. Is that possible? Desirable?
3) What is the purpose/mandate of the ERLC going to be headed into the future?
Lots to talk about.