Politics can be frustrating. A strange thing happened at the GC session this morning. The motion in debate was the addition of a of a new statement to the Statement of Fundamental Beliefs. The idea in itself is good–clarifying certain issues and sending a signal that our faith is not stale but dynamic.
When this topic was introduced yesterday the chair pointed out that such matters should not be taken lightly and thus a good and thorough debate was appropriate. Apparently, a majority of the delegates did not agree with this observation. After a short period of time today (including yesterday the debate lasted not much more than an hour) a motion to call the vote was seconded and voted. Ultimately, the edited statement was carried with a significant, but not large enough, minority opposing.
Several arguments for amendments and corrections in the documents were either not heard at all since the debate was closed, or imho too quickly rebuffed by the chair. I think the statement in itself is generally good, but certain delegates raised some very relevant issues which, it seemed, were simply not taken seriously.
“A decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the seperation.” Or, in this case, to speak against a certain motion. Today democracy was cut short by democracy itself. Hopefully this will not taint the objective of the new fundamental belief, “Growth in Christ”, which rightfully should be a goal for any Christian.
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”