Southern Baptist Convention Condemns White Supremacy

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

He said he would support a less specific condemnation of racism, contending media sometimes categorize people as part of the "alt-right" based exclusively on whether they backed President Donald Trump. "We should never apologize for doing the right thing even if we end up a little bruised in doing it, even if we stumble over each other on the way to doing it.Thanks be to God we got a chance to come back tomorrow and say what we want to say". "It was the white people who said, no we will not take this sitting down". Duke's 10-member resolutions committee has one black member; the SBC is 85 percent white and only 6 percent black, according to Pew. "We share those feelings ..."

The draft proposed by McKissic was apparently too much for some participants at the annual meeting of the church, who declined to discuss the resolution after it was first introduced.

Charles Hedman of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. said some pastors told him they would leave the denomination if the convention failed to speak out against white supremacy.

The torturous path the resolution took to passage began Tuesday afternoon when the resolutions committee offered nine resolutions-all that gained unanimous or almost unanimous approval-but did not report out a resolution on the alt-right from McKissic.

Thabiti Anyabwile, a black Southern Baptist pastor, was critical of Duke's decision, tweeting emphatically that "any "church" that can not denounce white supremacy without hesitancy and equivocation is a dead, Jesus denying assembly". According to Baptist Press, he said the committee agreed with the resolution's point on racism, but thought it and other "elements [in the proposal] already had been addressed recently" in Southern Baptist life. "Any "church" that can not denounce white supremacy without hesitancy and equivocation is a dead, Jesus denying assembly".

"I think we're unified around that", he said.

Harvest Christian Fellowship, which also has a campus in Hawaii, will maintain its fellowship with the Calvary Chapel family of churches, Laurie said.

McKissic's proposal was part of an effort by the SBC, which is the largest Protestant group in the USA, to continue to detoxify its origins in the 19th century in defence of slaveholders.

We usually accomplish this by over-hyping denominations' resolutions, brief statements often about current affairs that are voted on, reported on and summarily forgotten.

"We regret and apologize for the pain and confusion that we created for you and a watching world when we decided not to report out a resolution on alt-right racism", Barrett Duke, the resolutions committee chairman, said to the convention.

'If we're a Jesus people, let's stand where Jesus stands'.

"We lament and repudiate historic acts of evil such as slavery from which we continue to reap a bitter harvest", the resolution states.

"When that happens, you can either accept it or challenge it by asking the convention in session to request that the resolutions committee bring your resolution to the floor to be voted on", McKissic told HuffPost.

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the body - frantic from the criticism it has been facing for several hours - reconvened for yet another vote on the resolution. There was a vote, but it needed a two-thirds majority and received a 57.53 percent.

Gaines also spoke about a three-step path that ministry must take.

A pastor had asked the convention to essentially reaffirm a resolution on morality for public officials that Southern Baptists adopted in 1998, as President Bill Clinton was under investigation for his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

However, the fact that they issued a statement 22 years ago officially renouncing racism and white supremacy does not mean that everyone got the memo. "When people recognize what it is that the alt-right believes, I haven't talked to anyone who doesn't immediately reject that". "We're always going to be called racists, as Southern Baptists", he said.

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