This morning I was talking to a reporter about this week’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. The reporter asked me if I thought the Southern Baptists will make some kind of resolution about Donald Trump or any of his policies.
I said I thought that it was highly unlikely that the convention would dabble in politics since it is so divided on whether or not Trump is good for America. I told the reporter that the convention has enough problems to deal with in the wake of the #metoo and #sbctoo movements and, if they are wise, they would steer clear of politics. I thought they might take the advice of former Southern Baptist president Ronnie Floyd:
Southern Baptists: Refuse disunity within our ranks! There is nothing biblical or godly relating to creating disunity.
— Ronnie Floyd (@ronniefloyd) June 7, 2018
I was apparently wrong. The convention just announced that Mike Pence will be attending the meeting.
Here is a taste of a report from the Baptist Press:
DALLAS (BP) — Vice President Mike Pence will address the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday (June 13).
The announcement of Pence’s 11 a.m. address to messengers and invited guests at the June 12-13 annual meeting in Dallas was made by SBC President Steve Gaines and Grant Ethridge, chairman of the convention’s Committee on Order of Business, in a joint press release today (June 11).
“We are excited to announce Vice President Mike Pence will be attending this year’s SBC annual meeting to express appreciation to Southern Baptists for the contributions we make to the moral fabric of our nation,” Gaines said.
Southern Baptist leaders estimate the number of messengers from the convention’s cooperating churches may approach 11,000 with an additional 4,000 invited guests on the final day of the two-day convention.
“It’s an honor to welcome Vice President Pence,” Ethridge said. “While the Southern Baptist Convention aligns itself with no political party, our program recognizes and honors local, state and national leaders in keeping with 1 Timothy 2:1–2“
Read the entire piece here. The Southern Baptist Convention continues to shoot itself in the foot.