Quite frankly, the 2010 URCNA Synod in London, Ontario, was an ordeal. At least it was for me.
Along with Christ Reformed's elder delegate, I made my way from the OC to London, Ontario. But our bags remained in Detroit . . . We finally got our stuff the next day. Good thing. I was getting a bit gamey.
Some guy sitting about three rows back on the flight from LA to Detroit was hacking and snorting his head off. Sure enough, I was getting sick by Tuesday night and spent much of synod stoned on cold tablets trying not to cough, sneeze or make other gross sounds. Nothing worse than sitting next to someone coughing, snorting and repeatedly clearing their throats. I did my best to keep quiet, but that meant sneaking off to go blow my nose every 20 minutes or so . . .
The delegates worked from 8:00 a.m. in the morning until 11:00 p.m. for four straight days. Despite the grueling schedule, the 200 or so sleep-deprived bone-weary men kept plowing ahead with few signs of the usual crabbiness that goes with that kind of stress and fatigue. I was impressed with the level of civility shown under such duress. I know I was tired and crabby!
Adding insult to fatigue, apparently, American Reformed ministers are viewed as a security risk by Canadian authorities! Here I am getting frisked in front of a bunch of my fellow ministers and synod attendees on the same flight out with me (hence the photo). I'll bet the security people were looking for Cuban cigars--the contraband most likely to be found on a Reformed minister's person.
Yes, synod was an ordeal. But . . .
The nine points of Synod Schereville were re-affirmed by a large margin. When it came time to approve the study report on justification and the Federal Vision, the matter came to the floor in the form of six recommendations. The first recommendation (to receive the report) passed without dissent. Then the second recommendation passed. Then came the third, the heart of the report. Not a single "nay." When it became clear that the vote was unanimous, someone out in the hall applauded. Before long virtually all the delegates inside began applauding. Then, there was a cheer or two, and I can only describe the atmosphere in the room as one of spontaneous heart-felt joy. Never seen anything like it! About as close as the Reformed come to a "second blessing."
So, if synod was an ordeal, it was well worth it. The gospel was cheered, the Federal Vision was rejected by every one of the delegates to our synod.
And once I've caught up on my sleep and my cold is long gone, what will remain is the unanimous vote of Synod London 2010, when the delegates cheered as the gospel was affirmed and the Federal Vision condemned!
Thanks be to God!