The Other Side of the Fence

This is reprinted from a comment I posted in response to an article by Todd Littleton on SBC Outpost:

First, some disclaimers. 1. Todd and I were college buddies and have periodically kept in touch (he used to catch quite a few TD passes from me in intramural football). 2. I am a former Southern Baptist psstor before I sinned, was disciplined and was divorced (now remarried). 3. I was working on a PhD at Southern when I fell. I hope these don’t cause readers to discount what I write. I am offering a perspective from the other side of the fence.

On this side (now as one that runs a successful hotel), I have the same reservations that most of you have about anonymous accusations. At times, I have to deal with them. In business and in church, I believe that this kind of anonymous action is an act of cowardice. The opposite of cowardice is bravery (reference the lion in “The Wizard of Oz”). While we all value the high standard of bravery, we should understand that we don’t live up to the lofty standards in many areas.

I know that I am more and more in love with a God that is both holy and gracious. I wish that we were more godly in this area.

At times in hotel life, staff members may disagree with me or with each other. Sometimes issues are hotly debated and heads butt. However, in a short time, we have to focus on our primary mission. We try to give each other the benefit of acting out of a desire to help the hotel. As long as we have this mindset, we can put up with each others weaknesses. Some may even cry, but in the end we move on and work together. We become stronger when this happens.

I hope in the end that Southern and Dr. Mohler come out stronger. It may mean taking an honest look at the school and leadership. Hey, that comes with the leadership territory.

I also hope that levels of bravery increase. This process should be accompanied by increasing gentleness and patience from others.