The End of the Page

June 06, 2008

With the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting next week, Frank Page's tenure as president will come to an end. Although he has not been perfect (think reaction to Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant), he has been a breath of free air overall. He made a couple of excellent remarks in a recent interview. About the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, Page argued:

People have said, 'Does it bother you that they are called Baptist?' ... I say, it bothers me even more that they are called a church. Remove the Baptist from the issue or the argument. To call yourself a church should hold you to a very high calling and high standard that they do not live to.
And on the politics of the late Jerry Falwell, he stated:
Most Southern Baptists cringe when his name was even mentioned. ... Because they knew he was presenting a persona that didn't connect with most Southern Baptists.
It is good to see leaders who recognize the need to be careful and wise with our public statements in order to better represent our Savior. Hopefully, his successor will try to follow his approach instead of the controversial and divisive rhetoric that many past leaders have offered.