In a message to Highview Baptist Church this past weekend, Dr. Kevin Ezell made a statement that speaks volumes to the attitude of his leadership style. It appears that Dr. Ezell’s position toward someone in disagreement with him is to paint their disagreement with a broad brush. Thus, making the disagreement about the person instead of dealing with the disagreement. In Dr. Ezell’s message he said concerning those that were issuing critical assessments;
“Typically those are bloggers who live with their mother and wear a housecoat during the day. Just ignore them, but I apologize if you are hurt by anything that they might say about me or indirectly about you.”
The apology to his congregation certainly reveals the heart of a pastor for his people. But, it must be pointed out that no one has attacked the congregation of Highview Baptist Church. Every article and blog I have read expressed the great work that Highview Baptist was doing. However, when one looks more closely at the statement one sees a clear tactic that certainly should be called into question. First, I am one that has been critical and I do not live with my mother and I certainly do not wear a housecoat around all day. Second, his attitude is to “Just ignore them”. No dear reader you do not ignore legitimate concerns. When legitimate concerns are raised one must address the concerns. If Dr. Ezell would have addressed the concerns when it was announced he would be the nominee it would never have gotten to this. However, Dr. Ezell has just raised the stakes by complaining that those who were critical are “living with their mothers and wearing housecoats”. Excuse me, but I do not believe Dr. Hankins lives with his mother, nor does Dr. Emil. These two men are Executive Directors of states that Dr. Ezell is supposed to be working with.