Skip to comments.Southern Baptists Set for a Notable First (set to elect Rev. Fred Luter Jr as president)
Posted on 06/18/2012 5:37:17 AM PDT by markomalley
The Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination born in 1845 in defense of slavery and a spiritual home to white supremacists for much of the 20th century, is poised to elect its first African-American president.
The Rev. Fred Luter Jr., 55, a New Orleans pastor who got his start preaching on the streets of the Lower Ninth Ward, is expected to be the only candidate for office on Tuesday when Southern Baptists gather here for their annual meeting.
That I can be president of the largest Protestant denomination in the country is unbelievable, Mr. Luter said in an interview last week after one of his trademark cadenced sermons that drew amens from the predominantly black congregation.
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Don't know anything about the SBC other than what I read here, so i am not in a position to comment one way or the other.
Could you imagine the lead-in from 2008—”The Democratic Party, the party of the KKK and champions of Jim Crow through much of the 20th century, are poised to elect their first black candidate for President.” In the opening sentence they have to take a shot at Christianity and imply that the Southern Baptists are all racist. I wonder what denomination Robert Byrd, George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Al Gore Sr. were part of?
I get the feeling that it is PC. I was asking that question over the weekend.
They are pandering, they act like they are reaching out to blacks but in most of the south Blacks have more baptist churches than Southern Baptist. The church should be reaching out to the unsaved so it sounds like to me they are trying to steal membership from Black Baptist Churches.
Yes siree, no black Pres. SBC will go against Obama.
SBC voting delegates might not be aware but this is an end run to quit standing against the Obama Administration.
My SB pastor is very excited about Rev. Luter.
Uuuu, the SBC is not a denomination. It is just a large voluntary association that independent Baptist Churches can join if they are so inclined.
Yeah. 'Cause, y'know, only white supremacists interpret the Bible literally, or are against "gay marriage" or abortion. Shoot, Southern Baptists used to hunt down and lynch Blacks for mimeographing and distributing Origin of the Species! Everybody knows Charles Darwin freed the slaves!
For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1Sam 16:7
Well, the important thing here would be to PRAY for the church leadership, for the direction of the Holy Spirit, providing guidance to the faithful, for the diminution of personal and political agendas, and the magnification of Jesus’ agenda.
After all that, the physical appearance of the person leading Southern Baptist Convention should be an afterthought.
(full disclosure, not a Baptist myself, just a well-wisher.)
We you offended by Richard Land's comments regarding the Trayvon Martin's "issues?" I ask that question because I'm sensing that everything in America today is quickly becoming very polarized and my comments might just have fed into that polarization.
It was based upon somethings in the story, i.e. nominating anyone that could or should be a unanimous winner.....how it would go a long way toward erasing the SBC "history" during the Civil War/Civil Rights Era, etc.
I'd like to think that this pastor is nominated because of his outstanding leadership, record and qualities of the man - not even mentioning his race or the red meat of how far it would go to "prove to the non-SBC public....."
In other words, begging people who loathe the SBC and especially its stance on moral issues, to be happy we've "finally turned the page on our racist past," only tells me that this nomination (not the person but the reason for the nomination) is to encourage others to "forgive me for being racist" which I most definitely am NOT!
Lastly, I've yet to hear a group of black pastors of any denomination, or even one, for that matter, come out publicly denounce Obama's stance on gay marriages, gays in the military and Obama's stance on aborting female babies in favor of male babies, especially when the entire Democrat Party has embraced the method of extermination of the black race!
Lastly, if my words seemed harsh to you, they were not intended to but they were an expression of my doubts whenever I hear that someone should be the unanimous selection on the basis of "clearing away any vestige of racism."
It certainly has done nothing for our entire country on the basis of electing Barack H. Obama - I believe that black/white relations have never been worse because we are being led by one of the biggest racist I've ever heard of! Obama is NOT about "binding up wounds of the past" he's all about "getting even" for imaginary slights of generations long before him.
Amen my friend. You took the words right out of my mouth.
Do a little research! See what Rev. Dwight McKissic pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church Arlington, Tx had to say on June 15, 2012 about Obama.
My statement, however, stands as it should not be incumbent upon me to dig up "research" where a black pastor of any denomination has stood out and condemned Obama (other than the "Hutch" on Rush Limbaugh.)
There might be a black pastor coming out here and there, if one knows where to look but I've yet to see anything national on anyone (and yes I know that the MSM lies, distorts and chooses which story to highlight or not) but all I'm seeing/hearing are the various black pastors who are now finding places in the Bible that support gay relationships, marriages, etc!
I personally think that if a black pastor does disagree, they fear broadcasting their opposition for fear that they will lose their congregation - and thus their livelihood.
I feel the same about the so-called moderate Muslims that hate what's going on with regard to Islamic terrorism, they might be against it but only their closest friends or family know so don't blame me for thinking that Muslims as a group, find nothing wrong in killing others who don't agree with your particular brand of religion.
The politics and hierarchy of not only Southern Baptist but our religious institutions in general are as bad as anything in DC
Have a great day!