"When God called me into the ministry a half century ago, the burden He placed on my heart was for America," Land wrote. "That call and that burning burden are still there. I believe the 'culture war' is a titanic struggle for our nation's soul and as a minister of Christ's Gospel, I have no right to retire from that struggle."
I would like to say that Land will be missed, but I think we both know he's not actually going anywhere. This retirement just means he can say whatever fool thing he wants or plagiarize from whomever he likes without it directly reflecting poorly on the Southern Baptist Convention.
But, hey, you know, a lot of institutions would be better off if the jackasses in charge said to themselves, "You know, I would like to continue to be a jackass. I think I'll step down so that my behavior doesn't hurt this institution that I love." So, in that regard, I must say, "Good for you, Richard Land."