The Bloggersâ€™ Favorite Southern Baptist: The upset victory of a non-anointed candidate to lead Americaâ€™s largest Protestant denomination signals the growing power of online activists, even in old-line churches . . . For those who follow the internal politics of the Southern Baptist Convention . . . the most interesting news out of their annual meeting, held this week in Greensboro, N.C., is that bloggers elected a president (source).
I donâ€™t think that this analysis of the election is on target. The Baptist Press reports that fewer than 200 people showed up to the â€œYounger Leaders Summitâ€ at the Southern Baptist Convention. These younger leaders are the ones who are most associated with all the sound and fury in the SBC blogosphere, and â€œfewer than two hundredâ€ doesnâ€™t not amount to much in an election in which 8,961 votes were cast. Put simply, there likely were not enough bloggers at the convention to have a significant impact on the vote.
So technically speaking, the bloggers didnâ€™t â€œelectâ€ a president, as the Time article suggests. What their influence was on messengers who did cast votes remains to be seen.
(HT: Missional Baptist Blog)