The new Proposed Resolution #10 is posted below in its entirety. If you haven’t read Emma Green’s excellent coverage in The Atlantic of last night’s debacle, it’s well worth your time. The resolutions committee has drafted new language that messengers will vote on later today, and three things are very clear from the new proposed resolution.
- They are trying to take this seriously, but do not know how.
- They do not understand how language functions.
- They are using a tu quoque argument against people of color (POC).
The first two-thirds of the resolution is a self-congratulatory walk down (recent) memory lane, including their bold condemnation of slavery…in 1995. Hopefully, we’ll have a Holocaust condemnation before 2050. Who knew that BPT was actually Baptist People Time? Some of it is sheer tokenism, such as the fact that “nearly 20 percent” of their congregations are non-Anglo, and too much is a proof-texting appeal to the Bible. This is the evangelical formula, though, especially when it comes to “reasoning,” so it’s hard to fault them for doing only what they know to do.
They have severely watered down the language of Rev. McKissic’s original proposed resolution by moving the force of the condemnation away from the alt-right and to racism in general. They make a glaring error by condemning alt-right white supremacy but not the alt-right, as if the rest of the alt-right ideology is dandy.
In doing so, they are insisting — All Lives Matter-style — that racism is bad no matter who practices it. No shit. That wasn’t the point of the original resolution, though. And just as the All Lives Matter folks (white people of a certain ideology) either ignorantly or willfully miss the point of Black Lives Matter, so too does the SBC miss the point of condemning their voting partners in electing President Trump, the alt-right.
There was no lack of clarity in McKissic’s original verbiage. The lack of clarity was a lack of moral clarity within the resolutions committee members, and that is to be expected these days. It seems no one knows quite what a Christian looks like anymore, especially in the churches that prefer to be political power brokers, of which there are many in the SBC.
PROPOSED RESOLUTION #10
ON THE ANTI-GOSPEL OF ALT-RIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY
WHEREAS, Scripture teaches, “From one man [God] has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live” (Acts 17:26); and
WHEREAS, The Psalmist proclaimed, “The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD” (Psalm 24:1); and
WHEREAS, The Apostle Peter said, “God doesn’t show favoritism, but in every nation the person who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him” (Acts 10:34–35); and
WHEREAS, Our justification before God is based on faith in Christ Jesus alone and not in our ethnicity (Galatians 3:27–28); and
WHEREAS, Scripture proclaims that Jesus is purchasing by His blood believers “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9); and
WHEREAS, Throughout eternity we will gather with a “multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language” in worship of our risen Savior (Revelation 7:9); and
WHEREAS, The Baptist Faith and Message conveys that all Christians are obligated to make the will of Christ supreme in their own lives and in human society, opposing all forms of racism, selfishness, and vice, and bringing government and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love; and
WHEREAS, We know from our Southern Baptist history the effects of the horrific sins of racism and hatred; and
WHEREAS, In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention repudiated “historic acts of evil, such as slavery,” committed “to eradicate racism in all its forms from Southern Baptist life and ministry,” and “genuinely repent[ed] of racism of which we have been guilty, whether consciously or unconsciously”; and
WHEREAS, In recent years the Convention has nominated and elected individuals from a variety of ethnicities, including electing our first African-American president in 2012; and
WHEREAS, In recent resolutions the Southern Baptist Convention called on “all Christian men and women to pray and labor for the day when our Lord will set all things right and racial prejudice and injustice will be no more” (2014); expressed continued grief “over the presence of racism and the recent escalation of racial tension in our nation” (2015); and urged fellow Christians to discontinue using the Confederate battle flag, acknowledging that it is “used by some and perceived by many as a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and racism, offending millions of people” (2016); and
WHEREAS, More than 20 percent (nearly eleven thousand) of our cooperating Southern Baptist congregations identify as predominately non-Anglo and for the last three years more than 50 percent of Southern Baptist new church plants have been predominately non-Anglo; and
WHEREAS, B&H Academic recently published Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention, highlighting our continuing need to root out vestiges of racism from our own hearts as Southern Baptists; and
WHEREAS, Racism and white supremacy are, sadly, not extinct but present all over the world in various white supremacist movements, sometimes known as “white nationalism” or “alt-right”; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13–14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as of the devil; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we acknowledge that we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our midst; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we earnestly pray, both for those who advocate racist ideologies and those who are thereby deceived, that they may see their error through the light of the Gospel, repent of these hatreds, and come to know the peace and love of Christ through redeemed fellowship in the Kingdom of God, which is established from every nation, tribe, people, and language.