SBC President J.D. Greear hypes his record of appointing women and minorities over white males to open positions.
Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said the SBC is focused on growing its diversity. It is doing it through what amounts to playing identity politics in its committee appointments and church planting. And we know about it thanks to Greear. Greear released a message about the upcoming 2020 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting scheduled for June 9-10 in Orlando, Florida.
“We know that the United States is changing. Already, nearly 20 percent of our membership in the SBC is non-Anglo. Beyond that, 63 percent of all churches planted in our Convention were planted by people of color. Last year, our committee appointments tried to reflect this. Forty-eight percent of our appointments were non-white, 40 percent were females and only 32 percent were white males. Nearly 80 percent had never served before, and nearly half of all appointments were from churches with an attendance of less than 250.
“Let me be clear: this is not tokenism or a quota system. We genuinely need the perspective, insight, and wisdom of our brothers and sisters from every culture and ethnicity.”
In other words, the SBC is engaged in tokenism and affirmative action.
How else do you explain the disproportionate number of minorities receiving these positions? If non-Anglos are 20 percent of the SBC, shouldn’t say 20-30 percent of our appointments go to non-Anglos?
Shouldn’t the appointments reflect the actual composition of the SBC? If they don’t reflect the actual membership composition, then something else is going on to guide the decisions.
If it is something else, then what is it?
If the SBC is deliberately pursuing this policy of giving priority to people of color, then it is in fact playing Racial Identity Politics with its Annie Armstrong offerings and with the committee appointments. It is a disgusting turn of events for the Southern Baptist Convention.
If you want to change the Southern Baptist Convention, then you must attend the Annual Meeting in Orlando. Get involved. Fight the identity politics that is destroying your church and your nation.