There has been much talk over the last few years about the rise of Calvinism within American evangelicalism in general and within the SBC in particular. Not surprisingly, some people are thrilled about this, others are aghast, and others don't care.
I'm one of the ones who is thrilled, but only to a degree. I'm thrilled because Calvinism rightly understood sees God's glory as the ultimate goal in the universe. Salvation is all the work of God as He interacts graciously with man. If we understand this correctly, Calvinism should only bring about humility - after all, salvation is all the work of God. So, count me a Calvinist if this is what it means.
I'm only thrilled to a degree, as I said above, because for some odd reason there are some (mostly young) annoying Calvinists out there. I've heard about this type of person, but I had never actually seen/heard one until recently.
A few weeks ago I wandered into our local Lifeway Store in Savannah. I immediately heard a group of young men, who all appeared to be college age, laughing and having a good time. No problem there. Unfortunately, the laughing and joking continued and continued. I was curious so I walked over near them. Then I saw him. The "ringleader" was truly a young, annoying Calvinist.
He was almost a stereotype. He was wearing a Monergism T-shirt that had the words "John Calvin" on the back. This by itself was fine, but his attitude was not. He proceeded to tell his buddies loudly how the ESV Study Bible was basically the greatest bible ever (I like my copy of this bible, but his overstatement was ridiculous). He was also talking about how the ESV translation is the best because it "comes straight from the NA-27 Greek Edition." This guy probably had very little idea of what he was even talking about. He was a good example of the maxim "a little knowledge can be very dangerous."
He just kept talking and talking. His friends just kept laughing and laughing. I couldn't figure it out. After discussing the wonders of the ESV, they decided to shift the conversation and tear down most of the other bible versions there. Sigh.
The biggest problem I had with this young man was that although he was a Christian, his attitude was a prideful turnoff. Additionally, he was perpetuating the stereotype that Calvinists are arrogant.
So, they do exist - annoying Calvinists. I'm sad to say I met one.
I hope I'm not one myself. When we properly (biblically) understand that God is absolutely sovereign over salvation, this ought to cause us all to be extremely humble people. There is no room for arrogance in the Kingdom of God.