I am watching the convention of the Missouri Synod on computer. It makes me happy that I am not actually there as a delegate. Once again, the stupid politics of our Synod is standing in the way of listening to voice of the Synod. Points of Order are being called every few minutes -- which generally are not points of order -- taking time from discussion and deliberation. The discussions reveal that there is an expectation among an element of the convention delegates of sinister intent. Every step of the business of the convention is being fought and hobbled by parliamentary procedures. Something as simple as changing the name of the circuit counselor to its historic name of circuit visitor is debated for twenty minutes, with attempts to amend and to refer it back to committee. The single point of the resolution is to change a job title. It was finally adopted by a significant majority, which points out that all of the parliamentary maneuvering was simply to slow or stop the business of the Synod and to obstruct the peaceful work of the convention.
I have been to many conventions -- several as a delegate. Each convention has the same bizarre behavior. All that this obstructionist behavior accomplishes and stopping the Synod from working together and expressing their will -- leaving us in the hands of bureaucrats to make the decisions about who we are and what we can and will do.
The people of our Synod have been denied a voice in so many ways. Nominations from the floor now must come from a pool of names already having been nominated. Then the convention has to vote on each nomination individually just to get them on the ballot. There is very little voice left, and the points of order and the calling of the question, and the motions to re-commit to the committee, just robs the people of the Synod of a voice.