As many of you know, I had the opportunity to be in attendance at the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Annual meeting this week. There was much to be encouraged about and the overall tone was edifying. I did want to point out what are, in my opinion, two significant highlights.
Frist, was the Convention’s resolution on the Confederate Battle Flag. Part of the resolution reads:
RESOLVED, That we call our brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African-American brothers and sisters; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we urge fellow Christians to exercise sensitivity so that nothing brings division or hinders the unity of the Body of Christ to be a bold witness to the transforming power of Jesus. (Here is the full resolution.)
If you understand the history of the SBC then you understand the importance of this resolution in making strides towards racial reconciliation. Without a doubt, Dr. James Merritt’s motion to amend the original resolution in an effort to strengthen its language and then his subsequent statements regarding the amendment and resolution were, to say the least, on the mark. Thanks be to God, the Convention affirmed the amended resolution. For a glimpse into this historic moment watch Pastor Merritt’s remarks below.
Second, historically, Baptists have always been advocates of religious liberty. When Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), gave his annual report he was asked a question regarding religious liberty. His answer was powerful and to it, I gave a hearty amen. Here’s the exchange:
Moments like these made me proud to be a Southern Baptist.