Mr. Mendelbaum (played wonderfully by the late Lloyd Bridges), would, in some memorable episodes, challenge Jerry Seinfeld to feats of strength by goading him with the catchphrase, “It’s go time!” I’m reminded of that tonight, having driven all day from Dallas and thinking throughout the drive about the Nickname proposal put forth by an “unofficial” Task Force and given legitimacy tonight by most members of the SBC’s Executive Committee (thankfully there were a few who had the courage to stand against this proposal).
In several tweets by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, now known as a “Great Commission Baptists institution” (who needs the messengers to vote on this?), Dr. Mohler, who is no doubt a brilliant scholar and theologian, communicates a condescension unbecoming the President of one of our entities. Of course, I could be reading entirely too much into the tweets, much like others have read too much into Dr. Mohler’s use of the word “Reformed” in a Gospel Coalition interview. For those who don’t tweet or follow people on Twitter, I thought you might be interested in a few of Dr. Mohler’s tweets regarding the Executive Committee deliberations on the Nickname proposal:
“A member of the SBC/EC just voted against receiving information. It does tend to cut down on mental clutter.” (2/21/12 at 1:36 p.m.)
“SBC/EC member just argued against the name change proposal saying, “Southern Baptists are easily confused.” No argument on that point, huh?” (2/21/12 at 1:19 p.m.)
“Let the word go forth: THE Southern Baptist Theological Seminary proudly is a Great Commission Baptists institution.” (2/20/12 at 7:38 p.m.)
I am glad that Dr. Mohler felt comfortable enought to post these unrestrained comments on his Twitter feed, particular the one directed at a member of the Executive Committee (paging Dr. Page — hello). One can only imagine how he and others really view the unwashed masses who help pay his salary, but who are obviously an “easily confused” people (although I’m sure that’s not what he meant, even though that is the most reasonable interpretation of his words). As Mr. Mendelbaum would say, “It’s go time!”