August 1, 2012
Sometimes in life, we experience “bittersweet” moments. Tuesday, July 31, 2012 certainly qualifies assuch a day for me as Dr. Richard D. Land announced his plans for retirement from the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, after 25 years of faithful, exemplary service to Southern Baptists and our Lord Jesus Christ.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the trustee board and the full trustee board, let me say thank you and congratulations to Dr. Land. Since the fall of 1988, he has been the face of the ERLC and made it what it is today, a relevant voice for Southern Baptists in the public policy arena. He is to be applauded for his tireless work for racial reconciliation, the pro-life movement, and traditional marriage, just to name a few of the more well-known issues he has championed.
It will be an absolute honor to be with Dr. Land at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston, Texas, his hometown, next summer to mark 50 years of vocational ministry and 25 years with the ERLC. The entity’s board of trustees will begin planning next month at our annual meeting for that momentous occasion to ensure it is a celebration appropriate for his service.
As we begin to look forward to the future of the ERLC, it will be essential that the trustees find God’s man to lead Southern Baptists and the wider evangelical community during some of the most turbulent waters our culture has ever faced. We hope and pray the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will build on Dr. Land’s efforts and be an even stronger voice in the future for the Kingdom of Christ and Southern Baptists in the area of Christian ethics and religious liberty.
Thank you again to Dr. Land, and may the Lord bless you richly in these next 15 months and beyond as you continue in ministry.
Read the Baptist Press story on Dr. Land's retirement here.