Pastor Billy Bob is the caricatured insult arising from one SBC blog–an insult for all those conservative, simple folks who oppose the sophisticated, denominational elites like Dr. Russell Moore. It is a sample of not only the rhetoric emerging from Southern Baptist insiders, but a prime of example of the contempt these elites and experts have for the common bivocational preacher and Southern Baptist laymen who pay the bills and do the heavy lifting for the Southern Baptist Convention.
“Messengers cannot direct an entity to do anything, and they certainly cannot order the firing of an entity head. That’s why the Conservative Resurgence took so long. But none of that will keep Pastor Billy Bob from trying. After his motion is ruled out of order, he’ll get mad and complain that the big dogs never listen to the little people,” a blog at SBC Voices declared.
Here is the truth—the Southern Baptists elites and experts don’t want your input. They only want your money.
And this is what has spooked the Southern Baptist hierarchy. Pastor Billy Bob has a new strategy, and he is pursuing that instead of playing their rigged game of the trustee system that guarantees nothing but enabling the Southern Baptist insiders, “But nothing will change. There’s a way to get an entity head fired, but it takes time. It’s hard. And it should be,” SBC Voices taunted.
The new strategy denies monetary support for denominational bureaucrats who don’t share our values or our Christian worldview. This has gotten the attention of folks who have trustees who enable them instead of holding them accountable. When the trustees won’t do their job, Pastor Billy Bob and the good simple people of the Southern Baptist Convention can do the job for them by withholding money just like former Southern Baptist Convention president Jack Graham’s congregation at Prestonwood Baptist Church announced it would do.
You can sense the panic by the rhetoric coming out of SBC elites. They are afraid because they know their system that works for the insiders is about to be turned on its head. They try to scare folks by talking about the harm this might do our witness in the world (because they reason unless we pay the salary for a Democratic-enabler like Russell Moore we are somehow going to offend the world) or we aren’t going to have enough funds to support missions (as if their insistence on keeping Dr. Moore in his position isn’t equally to blame for the stalemate).
But what all their rhetoric fails to understand is that God entrusts people and churches with resources—resources that are limited. It would be unwise for us to support policies, people and organizations that are in direct opposition to key values and moral duties as we understand them. There are many people and organizations that share our values that should receive our support before progressives.
Southern Baptists insiders know this. And they are afraid.
It has them in a dilemma. Do they save their funding and jettison Dr. Moore for his many offenses against Southern Baptists, or do they continue to protect one of their own insiders? Their decision on this will go a long way in determining the future of the Southern Baptist Convention because Pastor Billy Bob and those like him aren’t going to tolerate a system that is of the elites, by the elites and for the elites.
Pastor Billy Bob is just getting started.