From the outset the GBC Insider has never intended to maintain a lasting presence in its current form...Now it is time for this conversation to move from the shadows into the light... . this will be our last post on the Insider. The content will remain available online until the end of this year. The time has now come for action more than words. Georgia Baptists we challenge you to stand up, get involved and lead our churches and our people to have a dramatic impact of those around the world who have never embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. AMEN. (/link, all emphasis original)
I gave my own commentary concerning the nascent suspicion indicative of a cowardly anonymous blog. I continue to hold those suspicions and the Insider has not proved them doubtful. In addition, I find it highly suspect that just at the time the GBC is meeting, the GBC Insider feels its presence is no longer necessary. It reasons that since the GBC is going to meet this coming week, "Our hope is that the conversation that has begun on the Insider will now carry over to the more meaningful venue of the convention floor." So, the GBC Insider saved the day for Georgia Baptists. Does its deliverance include the anonymous emotional vomit the Insider says it is going to delete from the comment threads:
While we do not believe it is wrong to challenge those in authority and to ask difficult questions, we do believe that for Christians to engage in such a level of defamation of other believers has reached to point of being inexcusable. For this reason we are removing all comments listed on our blog. Our hope and prayer is that the examples of debaucherous dialogue that has occurred in the last few posts is not representative of Georgia Baptists as a whole and is merely the indignant heart of a few men that are in need of a deep spiritual renewal (embolden original)
One thing is for sure: those who felt they could get by with reporting anything and everything without identification--including both the out-of-control commenters as well as the GBC Insider writer(s) himself/herself/themselves--will not, at the GBC, get to do so anonymously. They will be required to give both personal name and the church from which he or she represents as messenger. It's called responsibility...accountability.
Even so, to take its word for it, the GBC Insider gave Georgia Baptists all they needed to talk openly about our problems (yes, openly, though the Insider was anonymous. Figure that one out!). And it did so after the most politicized run for the president in Georgia Baptist history.
It surely makes one wonder if this blog was not a full-throttle, political tactic hoping to garner a few votes for a presidential candidate. After all, shutting it down at the very same time campaigns are shutting down may be a dead giveaway. Surely if the Insider was concerned about Georgia Baptists, it would continue the march until things are definitively changed.
I've got to confess: denominational politics are the least favorite things I love about being a Southern Baptist.
With that, I am...