As you have probably heard, a major scandal and failure has been revealed regarding the cover up of abuse in the SBC. I really do not want to rehash the specifics or focus on this particular episode, which is unfortunately so similar to others, but rather talk more about the underlying issues and causes. Kendall brought to some of our attention this article, which is written by David Brooks, one of the speakers at this years Biologos meeting. It is very enlightening.
I am not subscriber, but hopefully you can get to the article from there. One of the great quotes from the article is
“The fact is, moral behavior doesn’t start with having the right beliefs. Moral behavior starts with an act — the act of seeing the full humanity of other people. Moral behavior is not about having the right intellectual concepts in your head. It’s about seeing other people with the eyes of the heart, seeing them in their full experience, suffering with their full suffering, walking with them on their path. Morality starts with the quality of attention we cast upon another.”
What do you think led these people down the path to destruction? Does intellectual disdain contribute, similar to how it affects the relationship of science and faith, and how it affected the Covid conversation? Is it a heart issue or a mind issue? Is it also a lack of accountability? I have been told, airline pilots have the highest success rate when treating substance abuse. Not because they have great wonderful treatment programs, but because they have rigid, mandatory drug and alcohol screens, and if they fail, their career is over. I can see that independent ministries and non-denominational churches lack oversight, and the SBC really falls in line with that, as the national organization claimed that their churches are functionally independent, thus they are not liable for those church’s leaders.