The wonders of Facebook have led me to another video that encouraged my soul in a unique way. Albert Mohler has always been a man of godly biblical conviction in my eyes and he has played a major role as God’s instrument in my spiritual development. But after watching this video, I have grown in my respect for this man.
I always knew Mohler brought a reformation to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), but this gives you insight into the theological hostility that he faced. I can’t imagine what kind of “off camera” conversations and interactions he has had since becoming president.
This is the 1993 president’s forum at Southern right after it was announced to the students that he would be the new president. Please note the nature of how both sides of the debate deliver their arguments.
The students issue many personal attacks and inflammatory remarks that seem to be quite presumptuous and unfair given the setting. Their tone is highly condescending and highly emotional and refuses to consider and to interact with a differing position. Hypocrisy is seen in many ways in this video, especially in the string of random proof texts taken out of context and the accusations of not being “open-minded.”
Mohler sticks to his biblical convictions with steadiness, grace, and understanding. Such a beautiful example of holding to conviction and Christlike humility while under attack in a hostile environment.
Having faced similar opposition in my past, this really was an encouragement to my heart. It hurts to be misrepresented and accused of being a bigot, chauvinist, or oppressor of women, when that is light-years away from the truth. The complementarian position teaches the value and complete personhood of women while still expressing their specific God-given roles in the family and the church.
Now, I truly do respect those who hold to an egalitarian position if it is based off of a true exegesis of the biblical text. But to hold to a position based off of personal opinion, culture, and emotion (which is their accusation of Mohler), would be the greatest tragedy.
I know this was short, so we can continue this conversation some other time. Like Mohler, I’m always open to having the conversation.