Southern Baptist Convention Cannot Say Our Name

Jim Burroway

June 15th, 2016

SBC-logo1The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution on “The Orlando Tragedy” yesterday on the opening day of its annual meeting in St. Louis. The resolution, though, leaves me confused. Who were the more than one hundred people who were shot? Where were they? Were they morning commuters at a crowded bus station?


WHEREAS, Our entire nation is grieving as a result of the mass shooting of over one hundred people, resulting in the tragic deaths of at least fifty in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016; and

WHEREAS, The Bible teaches that God has created all men and women in His image (Genesis 1:26–27), and as the Author of life, regards acts of murder as evil (Matthew 16:18), and calls His people to love their neighbors as themselves (Matthew 22:39); now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, June 14–15, 2016, pray for the surviving victims, all affected families of those murdered, injured, and otherwise harmed, and first responders; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we extend our love and compassion to those devastated by this tragedy and pledge to come to their aid by donating blood and other supportive means; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we regard those affected by this tragedy as fellow image-bearers of God and our neighbors, and therefore condemn this act of terrorism and others like it and pray for the day when these senseless acts of violence cease.


June 15th, 2016

I’m not sure that we could expect more from the SBC. As it is, it is a good, Christian resolution. Thank you, SBC, for keeping the murdered and injured in your regard.


June 15th, 2016

No. This is not a good resolution. It is a lie. These people do not care a bit about the murdered and injured in Orlando. Indeed, they have helped create the conditions that led to it. Their resolution is sheer hypocrisy.


June 15th, 2016

I don’t understand your confusion about the people who were shot. The SBC statement does not exclude them. They say they will “pray for the surviving victims” and that “we regard those affected by this tragedy as fellow image-bearers of God and our neighbors.”

What did you want the SBC to say?

Jim Burroway

June 15th, 2016

It’s part of the larger problem among those who have invested their careers in anti-gay activity: They won’t say that the victims were gay. They won’t acknowledge that it was an attack on a gay bar and against the LGBT community.

If this had been an attack on a Jewish temple, they would have assuredly described the venue and describe it as an anti-Semetic act. And when they approved the Resolution against displaying the Confederate flag, they DID reference the attack in Charleston at Mother Emmanuel AME Church and referenced their solidarity with “our African-American brothers and sisters.”

But gay people, they can’t talk about. We’re just nameless, amorphous, generic victims.


June 16th, 2016

Sort of a sidebar: One of the main things about the Baptists, and one reason “mainstream” denominations regarded them with suspicion, was that they didn’t recognize the authority of priests: everyone, according to them, has direct access to God, and so priests were unnecessary.

I had an aunt in North Carolina (yeah, *that* side of the family) who finally stopped going to church because she had had disagreements with every preacher at every church she attended, which, among Baptists, is perfectly acceptable — or was.

In my lifetime, I’ve seen the SBC evolve from an association of Baptist congregations to a sort of Protestant Vatican,, with all that implies.

As for this, coming from a body that has expelled member congregations for accepting gay members, I can’t really expect more. When they actually start doing something to undue the decades of prejudice they’ve fostered, I might change my opinion of them.

Ben in oakland

June 16th, 2016

This is what I want them to say, Ron.

“We acknowledge that we have turned a so called sin into the worst sin ever, and have contributed mightily to the marginalization and oppression of gay people everywhere. We have contributed to suicides, destroyed families, destroyed careers, kids getting kicked out on the street. We have told more lies about gay people, under the false cover of our religious belief, in order to justify 2000 years of hatred, much as Christianity has done to Jews. We have blamed them for every possible evil and social ill, including 9/11 and the breakdown of the family.

We’re sorry, and will seek to rectify our mistakes.”

Let’s start with that.

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