Follow the Leader?
"I feel at rest in the fact that whatever happens with BCC in the next few weeks in not in my hands and certainly not about me."
-- Dave Foster
I recall a service probably a couple of years ago in which Dr. Foster related an anecdote from a recent pastors conference (or similar get-together). A fellow pastor was concerned about the imminent arrival of the lottery in Tennessee -- this is during the time lots of fundy churches were going ballistic about it, remember -- and wanted to know what Dr. Foster was going to tell "his people."
I'll never forget that the reply, as related byDr. Foster, began with "Well, first of all, they're not my people . . ."
His answer was very good, related to keeping such partisanship out of the sacred assembly, etc. But I also liked the disavowal, from the start, that somehow he owned the place, that he owned us.
In the first Red Caboose meeting last Sunday morning, Dr. Foster clearly stated that the church did not belong to him. It belongs to "the people," he continues to say.
I guess my question is, if Dr. Foster himself says that David Foster is not BCC, why are so many voices insisting he is?
You don't have to deny the validity of even the absolute godliest preacher and the most impeccable leader to say that even a perfect pastor doesn't own or equate to his church.