NASHVILLE (BP) — Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Ronnie Floyd and National Baptist Convention (NBC) President Jerry Young authored a joint CNN editorial Nov. 9 urging pastors to proclaim racism a sin and initiate conversations on racial unity.
“We lead two of the nation’s largest Protestant denominations, each with their own complicated pasts and experiences with this issue, and we see the adverse effects of racism in our respective churches every day,” the leaders wrote. “As religious leaders charged with shepherding the faithful, we are resolved to address this tragedy together. Now, as ever, pastors across America must stand before their congregations and call racism for what it is: ugly, unwarranted and un-Christian in all its forms.”
Floyd and Young urged racial reconciliation at Mission Mississippi’s annual racial reconciliation summit Nov. 4. Floyd, who serves as pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, and Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi, continue to emphasize the leadership role of pastors in racial reconciliation.
The two described racism as the nation’s “deepest national wound,” and said it “creates between us a false division” and “fosters the illusion that those of different ethnicities, who share the divine imprint, are instead our enemies.”
“It is a sin founded upon fear and ignorance,” they wrote, “a perpetuation of the lie that only some are made in God’s image, and the rest are disposable.”
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