It was announced today that David Rogers, the son of the late great Adrian Rogers, will run against Jim Richards for 1st Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention. And Sam Hodges of the Dallas Morning News reports that Rogers has joined the ranks of Southern Baptists who believe the conservative resurgence has gone too far. He writes:
“David Rogers is a foreign missionary, and has joined his mother – Adrian Rogers’ widow – in questioning what they see as an ever-narrowing definition of what’s acceptable in Baptist belief. That’s a windy way of saying they may think the conservative resurgence has gone a little too far.”
Rogers has already been enthusiastically endorsed by one vocal opponent of “narrowing” conservatism, Wade Burleson. And it looks like Ben Cole is hinting that he might throw his support in as well. Sam Hodges is right about one thing. This race has just turned interesting.
“A generation that was playing Little League as the ‘Battle for the Bible’ raged now includes some who loudly claim that the Conservative Resurgence has gone too far.
“Not hardly. The incipient controversies of the present serve to remind Southern Baptists of what was at stake when we last met in San Antonioâ€”and of where we would be if the Convention had headed in a very different direction. The issue of biblical inerrancy is as important todayâ€”and as in need of defining and defendingâ€”as it was then.
“Southern Baptists will do well to remember what every Texan remembers when reminded of the Alamo: There are some battles worth fighting, some stories worth remembering, and some causes that never die.”