Southern Baptists Take a Front Row Seat in Missouri
While the two political parties gear up for their national events, another convention was getting plenty of press this week: the Southern Baptist Convention. The country’s largest protestant denomination may be changing leaders, but it hasn’t changed its mind on key issues.
Led by outgoing SBC president and friend of FRC, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, this week’s annual gathering made it quite clear that it wouldn’t follow in the politically correct footsteps of other faith groups and back down from its biblical positions on everything from sexuality to Christian citizenship.
FRC was represented at the Southern Baptist Convention this week by several of our team, including Vice President of Church Ministries, Dr. Kenyn Cureton. Dr. Cureton encouraged pastors to assist their churches in engaging their people in the culture through our Watchmen on the Wall booth where he and his staff shared FRC’s various resources for pastors and their Culture Impact Teams.
Shannon Royce, FRC’s Chief of Staff, served on the Resolutions Committee, which produced a dozen measures on critical issues to both Southern Baptists and conservatives as well. Among them:
- On Biblical Sexuality and Freedom of Conscience promoted marriage between one man and one woman, addressed the Obama administration’s transgender regulation, and encouraged support for the First Amendment Defense Act.
- On Voting as an Expression of Christian Citizenship challenged Southern Baptists to recognize their responsibility to be salt and light in their communities and specifically in their exercising responsibility to vote.
- On Women Registering for the Draft put Southern Baptists on record in support of women who voluntarily serve in the Armed Forces but opposed “efforts to force women into military service by government coercion.”
- On Affirming “In God We Trust,” originally drafted by Dr. Cureton, resident FRC historian, this resolution recognized the National Motto and joined in celebrating the upcoming 60th anniversary on July 30, 2016.
- On Refugee Ministry clearly articulated the distinctions between the responsibility of government and the church. “[G]overning authorities [are] to implement the strictest security measures possible in the refugee screening and selection process, guarding against anyone intent on doing harm.” The church, by contrast, is to “minister care, compassion, and the Gospel to refugees who come to the United States.”
While some denominations cave to pressure, we commend the SBC for standing firm on God’s truth, which has the power to truly make people free.
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