Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Politics of Fear

The politics of fear calls for change without articulating or defining the necessary change. It then bemoans certain disaster unless you accept the stated premise of change.

The politics of fear portrays a ruinous future unless drastic and immediate steps are taken. The impact of delay will be the decline and ultimate demise of any possible future.

The politics of fear at least implies that those elected to positions of leadership are wiser and know that which is best for their constituents.

The politics of fear tolerates no disagreement and responds to any questioning with an incredulous attitude functionally stating, “How can you question me?”

The politics of fear is often promoted by a charismatic leader who has risen to power and influence without any prior commitment to or participation in their organization.

The politics of fear operates from a position of might makes right. While it may be desirable to bring along everyone involved in a process. Leadership will often choose to “go it alone” simply because they perceive they have the votes to win.

The politics of fear are most often used to promote a personal ideology or agenda as opposed to the current ideology or agenda.

I am certain many think I am speaking of national politics. While this may be true is it possible that Southern Baptists are taking a page out of secular politics? If change is coming to our dear Southern Baptist Zion (it probably should come) it should include a very broad representation from our churches and allow for time to not only to digest any proposed changes but provide for legitimate input from the broad base of Southern Baptist congregations. Southern Baptists can be trusted.

While there is no doubt more that can and should be done to carry out the Great Commission Southern Baptists have established and supported the greatest mission effort in the history of Christianity. Give them the facts and a biblical, logical solution and they will follow good Godly leadership.

Attempting to connect the dots…

Romans 1:16

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.“
~Ernest Benn


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