According to an anecdote in an 1826 newspaper article, Thomas Jefferson attended a small Baptist church a short distance from Monticello roughly a decade before the American Revolution. On one occasion, while dining with the Pastor, Rev. Andrew Tribble, Jefferson was asked what he thought about the Baptist form of church government. He replied that he “considered it the only form of pure democracy that then existed in the world, and had concluded that it would be the best plan of Government for the American Colonies.”
Imagine the eye rolls one would receive from enlightened elitists in Washington today upon mentioning that the primary architect of America’s governing system was schooled in his political philosophy by his observations of a small town Baptist congregation!
Jefferson and our other Founding Fathers would later frame the United States Constitution in such a manner that its first three articles would address the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government, each with its own limited powers held in check by the other two. This system was intentionally inefficient, designed to prevent any branch from ruling with an iron fist. It was deemed better to get nothing done at all than to get a great deal accomplished without sufficient accountability to leaders constitutionally charged with looking at each decision from a different point of view.
Roughly 250 years after Jefferson’s conversation with Tribble, it would be wise for Southern Baptists to allow him to return the favor, advising us to borrow a page from his political philosophy playbook. In order to operate in a manner most likely to prevent any branch of Southern Baptist government from ruling with an iron fist, we must create a judicial branch capable of balancing the powers of the other two. Continue reading
Dear Titus the Honorable and Cohen the Goodhearted,
Christmas is coming! This is an exciting time of the year for the Moores as we prepare to celebrate the
birth of Jesus. Very soon, the family will ask what I want for Christmas. I will tell them I don’t need
anything, and then they will go to the dollar store to try and find some trinkets so I won’t sit empty-
handed while everyone else is opening their Christmas presents. Continue reading
Evidence suggests that the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention may have interfered with the autonomous decision-making of our state conventions by exercising their authority to release or withhold mission dollars donated by all Southern Baptists. NAMB may have leveraged these financial gifts in order to dictate matters of policy and personnel that are properly at the discretion of our state conventions.
Several credible, high-level, first-hand witnesses report that NAMB may have interfered with autonomous state convention decisions in Maryland-Delaware, the Northwest Baptist Convention, Michigan, West Virginia, and Alaska, among other states. There is even evidence, outside the scope of this article, suggesting that Dr. Ezell may have used NAMB time and office equipment to place phone calls solely for the purpose of keeping former state convention employees from doing ministry with other Southern Baptist entities, in an apparent attempt to prevent those individuals from earning a living.