Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Congratulations, Jim Richards

Well, my jaunt into denominational politics has ended about as quickly as it began. I take this as a cue from the Lord to return to what I was doing before I allowed my name to be placed in nomination as VP of the SBC a little more than a week ago: working as best I know how to see that souls are won and disciples made, both here in Spain, and around the world.

I also take it as a confirmation of the leadership of Jim Richards on the part of Southern Baptists. I was happy to read in various interviews, questionnaires, and hear in his nomination speech, of his support for President Frank Page, and the direction he is leading us as a Convention to humble ourselves, seek God's face, and turn from our wicked ways. I am also impressed by his record as a strong supporter of the Cooperative Program through the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. I am confident that, as Vice President, he will continue to lead us well to be more and more generous and consistent in our support of missions.

Those who have read this blog carefully, and compared my positions on some issues with those espoused by Jim Richards, will realize we have some differences on this or that. Though I believe we must always be open to the continued guidance of the Lord, I do not plan on changing my views anytime soon, and I don't imagine Jim plans on changing his either. All in all, however, I can say confidently there is much, much more that joins us together as brothers in Christ, and colaborers for the cause of the gospel, than that which might come between us.

I look forward, in the days ahead, to continuing to work together with Southern Baptists, and all of God's people around the world, to see the name of Jesus lifted up, and the gospel of grace proclaimed in love and boldness to a lost and dying world.

12 comments:

Steve Sensenig said...

Well said, David. I appreciate the heart that was able to write this post. :)

David Wilson said...

God bless you David. Thank you for your service and heart.

Pastor Brad said...

David,
What a gracious word. Thank you for all the faithful years of service as a missionary of the International Mission Board. May you have many more and see many come to faith in our dear Lord, Jesus Christ.

Nomad said...

David,
God bless you for your graciousness.

Trey Atkins said...

Your gracious spirit and attitude have provided a glimpse of servant leadership which has encouraged me and challenged me. Thanks for allowing your nomination. Thanks most of all for showing Christ through your words.

Trey
Croatia - IMB

OKpreacher said...

David,

You are an incredible man of God and I'm thankful that you are a SBC missionary. Thank-you for your willingness to serve as VP. I'm praying for you.

OKpreacher

Kevin Bussey said...

The Kingdom of God is better off because I people like you. Thanks for your example.

Wade Burleson said...

David,

Everyone I spoke with at the convention only said high, praisewrothy things of you.

This post only increases all our respect of you.

Baptist Theologue said...

Best wishes in your ministry. I look forward to seeing you in Memphis.

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

David,

With complete respect and praise for all that your father and others have done, I wonder if entering the political arena may not have been a step down for you! You are doing a great work, dear brother in Christ; why should you have stepped down?

I appreciate your good words about our new First VP. I feel good, overall, about his choice. He has demonstrated good leadership in Texas.

Enjoy your time stateside. Next year, as you head back to Spain (should God's plan be for you to go there), my family and I head north to Mississippi. Perhaps one day we will cross paths in places other than cyberspace.

Ben Macklin said...

David -

I'm sorry you didn't win. It may be a good thing, though. You're still in active ministry instead of being embroiled in politics that gain not a single convert. Politics devours.

Wes Kenney said...

David,

I want to add my voice to those who have thanked you for your gracious words about our new first vice-president.

I pray for God's blessings on you and your family as you enjoy your time in the states and look forward to returning to the field into which God has called you.