Well, so much for that …
“NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory.
Ed Litton, a pastor from Alabama, won 52% of the vote in a runoff against Mike Stone, a Georgia pastor backed by a new group called the Conservative Baptist Network that has sought to move the already-conservative denomination further right.
Litton, who is white, was nominated by Fred Luter, the only Black pastor to serve as president of the United States’ largest Protest denomination. Luter praised Litton’s commitment to racial reconciliation and said he has dealt compassionately with the issue of sexual abuse within SBC churches, another hot-button subject at the gathering of more than 15,000 church representatives. …
Delegates rejected a proposal that would have explicitly denounced critical race theory. Instead they approved a consensus measure that does not mention it by name but rejects any view that sees racism as rooted in “anything other than sin.”
The measure also affirmed a 1995 resolution apologizing for the history of racism in a denomination that was founded in 1845 in support of slavery and for “condoning and/or perpetuating individual and systemic racism in our lifetime.” …
Voters gave final approvals to constitutional amendments excluding churches that affirm ethnic discrimination or act against the convention’s “beliefs regarding sexual abuse.” Still to be debated was how those standards on abuse apply in practice. …”
I’m not discouraged by the outcome.
The fact that Russell Moore and Beth Moore were ousted and that there was even a vote on this stuff which has been the status quo since the 1990s is a reflection of what is going on among Southern Baptists at the base level. There is still a growing class divide between ordinary Southern Baptists and their leadership. The same is true within all the churches where White racial attitudes are hardening.
This cultural divide within the Southern Baptist Convention between ordinary Christians and their cucked leaders is the same divide we discuss every day on this website between White college-educated professionals or PMCs and the White working class. There was a huge divide among evangelicals between elite evangelical Never Trumpers and their base who were Trump superfans.
If you have a college degree or a post-graduate degree, you are much more likely to have cucked views on race and care about “respectability” and feel compelled to signal that you care about all the other fashionable obsessions of your social class. These are the people who now dominate all of our institutions. The “messengers” of the Southern Baptist Convention can’t bring themselves to condemn CRT, but we know from the polls that this sentiment isn’t shared by Southern Baptists who are overwhelmingly against it.