Channel 5 is reporting that retired minister Steve Faith has stepped down as head of the trustee board investigating Richard Land, the highly visible leader of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Land, as you'll recall, is under fire for comments he made about the Trayvon Martin case as well as possibly plagiarized remarks he made on his radio show disparaging Obama and Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Rev. Faith (oh, Lord, that name is enough to make you believe in predestination) is resigning from the board in order to spend more time with his fami... oh, wait, no... he's doing the pastoral equivalent—
The former ERLC trustee chairman, Steve Faith, a retired pastor and director of missions from New Albany, Ind., resigned from the trustee board, citing “his desire to commit more of his time and energy toward the local church where he is a member as they are currently without a pastor”
Yes, how convenient that 10 days before his report is due, the man chairing the investigation into the SBC's ranking ethicist decides his church needs him right this second.
Is there dissension in the ranks? The man who is replacing Faith, Rev. Richard D. Piles, tells The Tennessean's Bob Smietana "no," then says something bound to worry anyone hoping to see evidence that the investigation has been impartial and not weighed in Land's favor:
“I am a fan of Dr. Land,” he said. “I am in his corner through this process and want to see him succeed and hope that he can continue in his ministry.”
Oh, well, how convenient that Rev. Faith was so needed at home, then. And how lucky for Land that Rev. Piles, who wants to see him continue in his ministry, has taken leadership of the only thing standing in his way.