The following article is directed toward the Ed Litton’s, Danny Akin’s, Adam Greenway’s, J.D. Greear’s, and other Big Eva members of the SBC:
If there is one word that sums up how I feel right now as a Southern Baptist, it is frustration. Our society is in the middle of a marxist revolution, and most SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) leaders are either silent or clueless about what is going on.
Communicating with these leaders often feels like an exercise in futility. Marxist ideologies like Critical Race Theory (CRT) are ripping up the foundations of our society, and many Christian leaders aren’t taking the threat seriously. They just laugh it off. In fact, some preachers are even endorsing these crazy ideas. I had an exchange with one pastor the other day, and he referred to CRT as a “boogeyman used to scare people.” He went on to use the word “equity” in a positive sense. He was employing the language of the marxists and probably didn’t even realize it. So much for the boogeyman theory.
Books like Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility and Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist are also circulating among Christians circles. DiAngelo says it’s wrong to be colorblind. Kendi says that you have to be anti-capitalist if you want to be antiracist. Yet there are few if any warnings about all this from the pulpits. The only Christians I hear talking about it on public platforms are podcasters like Jon Harris and radio hosts like Janet Mefferd and Sandy Rios. If it weren’t for them, we would be in the dark on these issues.
Many SBC leaders try to remain neutral as if they’re above the partisan fray. But you can’t remain neutral about evil ideas. You have to call them out. SBC leaders are masters of speaking out of both sides of their mouths, telling each side what they want to hear. It’s difficult to get a straight answer from them. Figuring out where they stand on an issue is like trying to pin jello to the wall.
Many of these leaders care more about their career, reputation, or paycheck than they do about the flock or speaking the truth. There is an overemphasis upon academic degrees within the SBC at the expense of fidelity to the truth. What good is your education if it doesn’t cause you to be faithful to the Bible and bold in speaking the truth? Many of these leaders were likely indoctrinated by marxist thought in college. Perhaps they are silent about CRT and other leftist ideas because they have fallen for these lies themselves.
We live in a time when the concept of objective truth is a forgotten idea. Pastors should be driving this concept home in their sermons. But sadly what you often hear is the same relativistic ear-tickling found on college campuses. CRT is built upon subjective things like emotion and experience. Standpoint epistemology, which is an element of CRT, teaches that authority rests in one’s personal perspective or experience instead of in objective, verifiable truth. We need our leaders to be refuting these errors and false teachings.
I understand that politics isn’t for everyone, but it would be nice to see some concern for our country and some acknowledgement of the revolution that is taking place before our very eyes. Sadly, I suspect that some SBC leaders are secretly rooting for America to fall. If you doubt this, look at previous statements from former Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) president, Russell Moore, about Mayberry, Robert E. Lee, and Donald Trump. It’s clear that Moore hates America and probably agrees with Kendi that our country is intrinsically racist. Moore has since left the SBC, but his rants are typical of the woke nonsense that you get from evangelical elites these days.
SBC leaders continue to defend and side with woke teachers. They offer no criticism for anyone except conservatives, and they expect us to believe that they are something other than liberals or cowards. It’s time that they wake up to the truth of what is going on. It’s time that they start caring about more than money and power. It’s time for them to pick which side they are on.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” –Joshua 24:15