Fighting Racism in the Southern Baptist Convention

Sean Michael Lucas | August 7, 2017

Over the past couple years, denominations with roots in the American South have done significant work pursuing racial reconciliation. Last year my own denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), confessed sins of racism from the civil rights era.

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has also been working to repent of its racist past. Last year, the denomination encouraged its members to discontinue displaying the Confederate flag. This year, after a confusing start, SBC messengers denounced the “alt-right” movement as a virulent and destructive form of racism. It’s hard to think of a conservative denomination that has been more aggressive in denouncing racism.

But there’s still a long way to go, as the new book Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African American and White Perspectives points out. Editors Jarvis Williams (associate professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Kevin Jones (associate dean at Boyce College) recruited a team of black and white SBC leaders to engage denominational racism from historical, biblical, theological, and practical angles. The result is a helpful book for Southern Baptists and other evangelicals wrestling with historic patterns of racism and working toward repentance and reconciliation.

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