As I have read blogs and comments today, I am again discouraged about the way that some Baptist Bloggers blog.
Bryant Wright announced yesterday that he is forming a task force to study the ramifications of a name change. There are, I believe, some good reasons to change the name. There are some very good reasons to be careful about jumping into that – legal issues, money, the question of whether it will really work. Some of the commenters here have raised those issues and I thought they made sense.
Why can’t we just have a discussion of the merits of the case?
Why must some act as if this is a pernicious act meant to destroy the fiber of the SBC? Honestly, the overreactions have been disturbing. Wright is “abusing his power” as president. This act will destroy the SBC and we should admit we are no longer Baptist if we do this.
I just do not understand why people cannot simply state their disagreements without that kind of character assassination. It is a common failing of blogs and bloggers, though. It is not enough for me to make my point, I’ve got to denigrate the other side in the debate. Happens every day. We are all guilty at times, but it is an impulse we must fight.
We can have a reasoned debate. There are two sides to this issue. Bryant Wright is an honorable man who is doing what he thinks is best. The convention will have its say down the road, if a recommendation is brought.
In the meantime, we can debate an issue without resorting to the nuclear option, can’t we?
I am closing comments on this post. It is just an addendum to the earlier post on the subject. Let’s keep the discussion focused on that post.
FYI, I think the discussion here has been pretty lively and reasoned – good points on both sides. Thanks everyone.