Southern Baptists effectively have a political lobby group in Washington, DC that speaks "for" the SBC on issues of related to ethics, morality, or politics. It is called the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). But, this begs the question: Why?
Why do we need to spend well over $3 million a year on a "think tank" in Washington, DC to lobby for moral/ethical/political issues?
Why don't our local churches make their voices heard through their Biblical witness and through their local engagement in the lives of people? (they do)
Why don't our seminary professors make their voices heard on the issues of our day? (they do, by the way)
Why not enfold the work of the ERLC into the ethics department of our seminaries, the Executive Committee, or the office of the President of the SBC? Why do we need a separate entity?
If we are wanting more money to go to missions, can someone please explain to me why we have the ERLC?
How does the ERLC aid in the mission of Southern Baptists, which is to make disciples of all nations? What fruit does it bear?
If there are not good answers to these questions, then what is the point of the ERLC? What are they doing that cannot easily be done by others and what makes their positions the "official" position of the SBC?
I am open to be persuaded.