Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Monthly Message from the Director of Missions

May-June, 2021

Every year the Southern Baptist Convention meets in a city somewhere in the U.S. during the month of June. That is until last year when the convention could not meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online video reports were provided in June of 2020 in lieu of meeting in person at a convention center.

This year the convention is in Nashville, Tennessee June 15-16 and I have heard that some people from our association plan to attend. It is going to be a lively meeting with four announced candidates for president and several important issues that will be discussed.

One of the issues that has people concerned is that a resolution was passed in the late moments of the 2019 SBC annual meeting on the subject of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT/I). It was passed along with several other resolutions in a bundle because the time for discussion of resolutions was about to expire. Not much discussion was held on this resolution and it passed along with the others.

The problem with that is not many people understood what the resolution was about. It’s subject “Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality” Confused yet? Me too!

I had to do some digging to find out the definition of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Here is what Wikipedia says: “(it) is an academic movement of civil rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issue of race and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice. Critical race theory examines social, cultural and legal issues as they relate to race and racism.”

The resolution (Number 9, 2019 Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama) essentially said that while Scripture is superior to other tools such as Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality, that CRT/I has some value as a tool to help with race relations. It seems to advocate for the value of CRT/I in dealing with the problems of race that our nation has been experiencing in recent years.

Some have objected very loudly about this resolution. I have tried to explain to people that this was passed in a very unfortunate way with it being bundled with several other resolutions and very little time for debate allowed on this resolution. I believe in the 2021 convention there will be resolutions presented which will essentially reverse the stand on this matter taken in 2019. Not that the SBC wants to be seen as against positive race relations, but I think many in the convention are not comfortable using CRT/I as a tool to deal with race. The SBC seminary presidents have come out with a statement opposing the theory being advocated for in SBC seminary classes.

Digging deeper in to the sociological theory of CRT/I you will find that some of it’s presuppositions come from Marxism. And I think that is what so many are opposed to when they find the SBC advocating for this tool in a resolution at the 2019 convention. Surely there must be a better way to deal with this issue?

We have some in our association who have visited with me about this matter and are quite upset. I have encouraged them to write letters and to register to attend the Southern Baptist Convention. You may not have even thought about this issue before now. But I will let you know that I am uncomfortable with this resolution and I hope it will be dealt with in a more reasoned and thoughtful manner in Nashville. Let’s hope so anyway. You can watch the fireworks on the livestream of the convention at www.sbcannualmeeting.net.