Imagine yourself needing open heart bypass surgery. Who would you want operating on you? What criteria would you be looking for? I would think that the only thing that matters to you is that the person who's going to split you open be the best surgeon, the most qualified surgeon.
Imagine yourself in the midst of a terrible divorce and custody battle. Who would you want representing you? What criteria would you be looking for?
For that matter, imagine any scenario where your life was on the line, who would you want leading?
But here's the crazy thing. Presbyterians, when it comes to the most important meeting of the church - the General Assembly, or when it comes to choosing leaders in the presbytery and synod structures, never once do we ask who are the most qualified? Who are the most spiritually discerning and wise?
What questions do we ask?
- what color?
- what gender?
- any disabilities?
- how old are they?
We have allowed the representational issues to supersede common sense and worse yet, Biblical guidance on spiritual leadership.
This is a recipe for disaster.