Recent events at in the Southern Baptist Convention have sent a clear signal that wokeness is not done marching through its institutions and after what seemed like a pause, Critical Race Theory has a renewed offensive in the largest Evangelical denomination in America. In 2021, the Southern Baptist Convention would fail to condemn Critical Race Theory by name. Yet since then the tide of culture has shifted against wokeness, and so many woke Evangelicals kept a lower profile on this particular issue. Despite the pause in the advance, Southern Baptists failed to capitalize on the cultural awareness and momentum, as Critical Race Theory was a nonissue in 2022.
Yet after Bart Barber’s sweeping victory, it appears that moves have been made for the advance to continue. While Willie McLaurin was certainly not immune to going along with Critical Race Theory, after failing to get a more liberal replacement, the ousted Willie McLaurin after just now discovering that he lied on his resume.
In comes his replacement, Jonathan Howe, who attends a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church where his wife functions as a pastor. Jonathan Howe will likely attempt to thwart the Mike Law Amendment or see that nothing similar ever comes to a vote. on the floor again.
But the North American Mission Board is still advocating Critical Race Theory. An organization that’s part of NAMB’s Send Network recently published what quickly circulated as a Woke Preacher Clip.
Did you think evangelical DEI was in retreat? Think again.— Woke Preacher Clips (@WokePreacherTV) August 17, 2023
Just last week, "NewChurches," a project tied to Ed Stetzer and backed by the SBC, put out a video urging church planters to "add diverse voices" to their leadership teams and be "color-wise," not "color-blind." 🧵 pic.twitter.com/LgDLy99s7g
Trillia Newbell was the woke author that Paige Patterson tried to warn Southern Baptists about and was called racist for it. Nevertheless, as Matt Chandler’s “black 7 over an Anglo 8” made the recirculated, Trillia Newbell’s recent clip reminiscent of the first ballot hall of fame WPC of Matt Chandler. The video was put out by New Churches, a NAMB entity which features Newbell, JD Greear, David Platt, Dhati Lewis, and Ed Stetzer. A few of these people have never been involved in successful church planting, ironically. But it is a supremely woke organization based on personnel and now the first clip to have gone viral from New Churches is part of a lecture on how to make a church DEI friendly.
The fight against wokeness in the church is far from over, especially in the SBC.
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