Not long after they did the obligatory gibs pilgrimage to Ferguson, the SBC officially convened Downtown.
Race leads the agenda as Southern Baptists gather in St. Louis
Indeed, mass shootings have been the bookends to the past two conventions. Last year, the convention ended with the massacre at a Charleston, S.C., prayer service that left nine African-Americans dead. This year, the convention started after 49 people were killed in Orlando, Fla., at a gay nightclub.
“Since all human beings are made in the image of God, this attack against gay Americans in Orlando is an attack on each of us,” the Rev. Ronnie Floyd told thousands of people Tuesday at America’s Center. “As followers of Jesus Christ, we stand against any form of bigotry, hatred or violence against our nation.”
“We are known more for being the ‘Divided States of America’ than for being the United States of America,” he said, adding: “Regardless of the color of one’s skin, God has put his divine imprint on each one of us. Where has this conversation been in our national political races for the highest office of the land? The silence of both parties has been deafening. This cannot be. Racism is a major sin and stronghold in America.”
“We are not black churches,” he said. “We are not white churches. We are not Latino churches. We are not Asian churches. We are the church of Jesus Christ.”
That call for racial unity was followed by passage of a resolution that calls on Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag.
He said the shooting of Michael Brown exposed a “historical, societal infection,” like the incidents in Charleston and Florida. “It exposed a wound, and that wound opened up and it reeked,” he said. “We had a pretty serious situation in our streets … there has been some healing, but there is a long way to go.”
And while membership at white churches is decreasing, it is on the rise at churches identified as predominantly “non-Anglo.”
Pardon me for thinking that there’s a whole lot of inconsistency here.
The upshot is that white people are required to think in universal terms for themselves while actively encouraging non-white people to think in racial terms, and left unstated here, white Southern Baptists should keep on standing with Israel. Also, forget about that Leviticus 18:22 thing.
Ladies and gentlemen, I officially introduce to you, the Southern Baptist Synagogue.