Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Real Reason For Changing My Blog
Many e-mails have urged me to continue commenting on matters of the BGCT. I really started my blog for that reason. I was reading stuff on other blogs which I knew was not true, and terrible statements about people I knew to be honorable, so I decided to give another perspective, because no one else was doing so. Over the years I talked about what I knew, the work of the convention. As a retired BGCT staffer, I felt I understood some things about processes and policies that others were only guessing at.
Other bloggers had an agenda of distrust and sourness about the BGCT. I did not. I had only good memories of my work with the convention. I left on good terms and was happy about what I had accomplished. I had none of the rancor over leaving that other bloggers experienced, rancor which colored their opinions and statements. I also knew the hearts of some of the main characters in the "Valleygate" business. That made it easy for me to defend their character, while not their actions, or inactions. Men who were being accused by one blogger in particular as being dishonorable and self-serving were, I knew, not that way at all. So, I had to defend them. The worst that could be said of any of them is that they were "company men", or, as some put it, bureaucrats. I learned a long time ago that was not a bad thing if the bureaucrat was living the purpose of the organization, which was to serve the churches as best they can.
For all the reasons above I decided to begin blogging. By the grace of God my blog took off and readership grew far beyond my expectations. It seemed a lot of people wanted to hear something other than curses about the BGCT. That is not to say that I was not a critic when it called for me to be. I was, and believe I was right about a lot of things. I never attacked the people involved, as some did, but only the decisions and the actions that I believed were wrong. I have been proven correct in the years and months that have passed.
In any event, that is the reason I started blogging at all. Now, why did I decided to change? I guess you can say that was a generational decision. Everything changed for me when my granddaughter went and got herself a job at the BGCT. She did it on her own, without most people knowing she was my granddaughter. On her own merit, with her own skill set, she got hooked up with a good pastor who recommended her to people in the building. On her own she convinced people she had skills they could use. Over the past year she has proven to be a valuable asset.
Because I love her with all my heart, I did not want anything I wrote to come back on her. I did not want anyone thinking she was feeding me information about the goings on at the Baptist Building and I did not want to jeopardize her budding career in any way. This is an extremely talented young woman whose future in ministry is going to be awesome, just as her present already is. The decision I have made is to give her space to bloom without any interference from her pa pa. I would have died if anything I wrote came back on her. So, the best thing for me was to bow out of the convention blogging and direct my need to write in other areas.
Hopefully, all of you who have written me to keep blogging about the convention will understand why I have chosen not to do so. Maybe what I have chosen to say in this space now is not as interesting to all of you as it is to me, but that's just the way it will have to be. Seems to me that talking about helping people prepare for eternity is pretty important, too.