Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!
Most don't know it, but there are elected positions in the Southern Baptist Convention, for example a president and an assortment of vice-presidents.
I'm not really sure what those tasks entail, but it's a big deal, at least with regard to who is the president (currently Frank Page).
Historically, such elections (since the conservative resurgence) have been where candidates were typically unopposed, this past year being an exception.
To demonstrate this phenomenon, Wiley Drake (LA pastor) will not accept a nomination to be re-elected as 2nd VP of the SBC. He feels God has so led him to not be party to any conflict or hurt feelings, since he's learned of the potential nomination of another.
Yet, he's still available if need be for service down the road. He won't try to oust the current president who is allowed to be elected to another term, however.
“I think [current president Frank Page] has done a good job,” Drake said. “I mean, he’s not perfect, he’s not the Lord, but I think he deserves another chance. After that, I would accept a nomination to be president.”
Assuming, Frank Page is elected president in 2008 and then Wiley Drake is elected in 2009 and 2010, I figure I'd go ahead and end any suspense.
After that, I would accept a nomination to be president. Thank you for your support.