Saturday, August 4, 2018

SATURDAY: DON'T LET RECENT (REVOICE) HISTORY GET REVISED BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE TOO MUCH CREDIT

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Revoice seems to be the controversial gift that keeps on giving. People keep talking about it. Unfortunately, some people are trying to do revisionist history. They want to give credit for standing up to Revoice to the people who only came out against the conference after pressure, when it was necessary and safe to do so. Some have belittled folks like Tom Littleton and Janet Mefferd who stood against Revoice when it was difficult and costly to do so, and when they needed to muster massive courage as the lone voices in the wilderness. Usually I observe the old adage:

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU DON'T CARE WHO GETS THE CREDIT.

But some things happened on Twitter today that require a tougher look. Eric Teetsel, a young activist who served as Marco Rubio's faith outreach coordinator during the Florida Senator's failed bid for president, crossed a line in accusing Janet Mefferd of being a conspiracy theorist with no credibility. If it were not for Mefferd, the Revoice story would have never come to the awareness of grassroots Christians. Without pressure from the grassroots the bigwigs in the Southern Baptist Convention would not have been compelled to come out against Revoice. So this needed to be addressed, which I do here: