LTRJ Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes. One year ago, on December 2, 2019, Lighthouse Trails released an article titled Southern Baptist Convention Adopts “Critical Race Theory”—A Dangerous Marxist ‘Solution’ That Will Not Work.” In the summer of 2020, we released a booklet of the same title. This is an issue affecting the entire church, not just SBC. Please read our 2019 article if you are not familiar with the term Critical Race Theory. Also read Mary Danielsen’s S Is for Social Justice.
By Steve Jordahl
Debate continues between Southern Baptist seminary presidents and the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention – and once again, the debate is over the use of Critical Race Theory.
At the end of November, the Council of Seminary Presidents of the SBC put out a statement that (1) affirms the Baptist Faith and Message as the north star of the denomination, and (2) criticizes Critical Race Theory – which says systemic racism pervades society and colors every transaction, human, cultural and theological – as being incompatible with scripture.
In response, a cross-ethnic group of SBC leaders chastised the presidents in their own statement last week, saying Critical Race Theory shouldn’t replace the Bible but can be used to provide cultural context. Leading that group was SBC president J.D. Greear.