I really don’t want to think about it anymore. At least that is what I thought to myself when I received a late Friday email. The subject line read, PCA Vote on BCO 14 something or other. And as everyone knows, late Friday afternoon emails really shouldn’t be read late Friday afternoon for fear of spoiling the weekend. So I saved it until Monday as to potentially ruin my upcoming week instead.
Monday came as it always does. I opened the email and read 13 reasons why I should vote against the amendment when it came time to do said voting in my presbytery.
Now I’m Presbyterian and so by nature pugilistic. Usually I want to either fight for an amendment or fight against an amendment. Either way—damn the guns—I’m going to be fighting something and somebody. But for some reason I’m not feeling especially pugilistic this go around.
The AC says they need me to pay the money that I have paid and plan always to pay. Seems like a pretty easy request. So why all the hubbub? I know, I know the constitution is at stake and the whole of the PCA too if we don’t do something about it.
Honestly I don’t see it.
There are fights that are worth my time and worth my blood. I’m finding it difficult to justify either for this fight. But fighting the battle that this isn’t one of them is worth at least some of my time. Because I don’t think a healthy Jesus-loving group of churches fights over stuff like this—spends their time on stuff like this.
But I could be wrong.
So I’m giving you a peak behind the curtain. The V73 authors frequently volunteer to write on subjects we think are pressing to the denomination. And I volunteered—before receiving my Friday afternoon email—to write on the AC funding plan. I’ll know better next time. But I suppose I’m obligated. At least the authors tell me I am obligated to write a post, take sides, and say something profoundly definitive.
But what I really want to know from our readers, is whether you think we should spend extended time as a denomination discussing in depth on the floor of our presbyteries reasons to vote for or against something like the AC funding plan. I’m not so concerned about this particular topic as much as I’m concerned with this particular genre of denominational conflict. Though I’ll admit that superfluity on matters of church polity is an extremely subjective call to make.
I want you to convince me.
Because as of now, I’m tempted mark the whole topic unread and wait till another Monday.