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The Southern Baptist Church Denounces Alt-Right and White Supremacy

The Southern Baptist Church Denounces Alt-Right and White Supremacy

The Southern Baptist Church (SBC) made a powerful declaration this week. They denounced and repudiated white supremacy and the alt-right movement. This is huge news with political importance for all Americans, because a large percentage of Southern Baptists are Trump supporters — and he will be losing quite a few of their votes in the future.

Spiritual importance? The One who keeps his eye on the sparrow is very pleased.


“…Getting the resolution to pass… was an uphill battle… The original resolution denouncing the alt-right was introduced by Dwight McKissic, an SBC pastor from Texas. In that version, McKissic wrote that the alt-right “must be opposed for the totalitarian impulses, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies that infect the minds and actions of its violent disciples.”

In an interview with the Washington Post, McKissic said he felt motivated to write the resolution after taking notice of the amount of people in the organization who supported President Donald Trump. According to the Pew Research Center, the SBC is overwhelmingly white—85 percent to be exact—and a large majority voted for Trump…”

Celisa Calacal 

READ MORE: Leading Christian Organization Denounces Alt-Right and White Supremacy in Powerful Statement | Alternet


“The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting turned chaotic in Phoenix this week over a resolution that condemned white supremacy and the alt-right. On Tuesday, leaders initially declined to consider the proposal submitted by a prominent black pastor in Texas, Dwight McKissic, and only changed course after a significant backlash. On Wednesday afternoon, the body passed a revised statement against the alt-right. But the drama over the resolution revealed deep tension lines within a denomination that was explicitly founded to support slavery.” ~ Emma Green 

READ MORE: A Resolution Condemning White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention | The Atlantic


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18 Comments

  1. insanitybytes22

    I was quite pleased with the SBC.

  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Hopefully, another step for humankind in the right direction.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, we will hope.

      Two factors will help the proclamation take root. 1) The Black Southern Baptists will continue pushing the SBC forward. 2) Younger generations are less racist than the present elders.

  3. Keith

    Good first step. What also bothers me, when our President announced he was running, a majority of evangelicals were critical of the man. Then, as they learned he was going to be their candidate, he suddenly changed and was supported. What we are seeing now is precisely how he has acted his entire business career. His five biographers all said the man has a hard time with the truth and encourage folks not to vote for him.

    In addition to sexually assaulting and harassing women, he would screw contractors over by not paying them and forcing them to sue him. Then he would outgun them with his high paid attorneys, and many would declare bankruptcy.

    Yet, in one of his over 4,000 lawsuits, he wad deposed in 2007 when he sued a reporter for defamation. Under oath, Mr. Trump admitted to lying 30 times! WWJD – I don’t think he would lie 30 times or sexually assault anyone.

    Keith

    • JoAnn Chateau

      All we Christians are sinners, so it doesn’t surprise me when any fall short.

      In addition, the Church does a poor job of teaching Christian principles – those essential truths that do not change regardless of person, place, or time. The love of God spans all races. Sanctity of life includes hardened criminals, as well as innocent unborn babies. A “Christian Nation” would not engage in warfare.

      The Church also discourages independent and/or critical thinking, so we are lucky the Southern Baptists had this recent race/foreigner discussion. The Church evolves slowly, compared to the rest of society.

      • Keith

        JoAnn, all good points. I was raised a Southern Baptist, but I no longer practice as such. I am big believer in the overarching messages in the bible taught by Jesus of treating others like you want to be treated, taking care of people less fortunate. I also believe that God gave us a brain and we offend him when we don’t use it. There are also key passages therein about us being good stewards of the environment God gave us. Many of these key messages can be found in major religious texts.

        My greatest pet peeve is when religious leaders abuse their authority and preach bigotry from the pulpit. So, this recent pronouncement by the Southern Baptists is very well received by me and much needed. Thanks for sharing, Keith

      • JoAnn Chateau

        That’s a serious pet peeve, Keith. Mine is with political leaders who use Christianity to lend themselves respectability, while exploiting people and environment for the sake of powerful corporate interests… and their own ambitions.

      • Keith

        JoAnne, I would concur with that pet peeve. Keith

  4. memadtwo

    I agree with everyone above. No real Christian would ever support the Republican agenda. But most people can make their agendas fit their “beliefs” (including those on the left). (K)

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. Rationalization, to mention only one ego defense mechanism.

  5. DK Fennell

    I think it is very naive to think that this will have any effect on voting patters. In the first plce, fundamentalists of all stripes have a great capacity for cognitive dissonance. Otherwise how could the earnest believers in Jesus of Nazareth consistently vote for Republicans who, among other things, vote against the official position of evangelicals on immigration, environmental policy and help for the poor? Second, why would this one thing convince fundamentalists to vote against Trump? Trump has demonstrated there has probably been no one ever to run for President less like their professed beliefs than he, a casino owning, three time married, admitted sexual predator who can’t think of a reason why he should ask God for forgiveness? Third, I am sure the Southern Baptist will find that any Democrat is more anti-Jesus, for whatever reason. For example, for violating the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount that Thou shalt not use a private email server. Their voting has nothing to do with their beliefs. And, by the way, I think they hold their religious beliefs very lightly in any event.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      You may be right, DK. Individual churches will need to spread the message to their congregations, and that might not happen – for all the reasons you mention.

      • DK Fennell

        I recall an old Democratic operative who told me a long time ago that when he was on the hustings for JFK in the South in 1960 he was worried about how Baptists would respond to Kennedy, the Catholic (against whom the pulpits were fulminating). He found it easier than he thought. As one Baptist told him, “I’ve been a Democrat longer than I’ve been a Baptist, so I’ll vote for Kennedy.” I suspect Southern Baptists have not changed very much from that, except now they are Republican.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Yes. That’s human nature.

  6. Carl D'Agostino

    “white supremacy and the alt-right movement. This is huge news with political importance for all Americans, because a large percentage of Southern Baptists are Trump supporters — and he will be losing quite a few of their votes in the future.”

    It troubles me that some people think there is a connection about such things. Although there are misguided people who may be characterized correctly by this statement they are in a subset of the referenced population as a distinct minority and not of the whole.

    No one who claims to know Christ would be true to His calling and no one who ascribes to the neo Nazi racism can be a member of His church in fact.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I know it’s disturbing. “According to the Pew Research Center…”

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