Southern Baptists Are Voting on Gender and Racial Quotas

This week, at their annual convention, Southern Baptists vote on a new President of the SBC who will lead against racism and sexism.

There are two candidates that the Southern Baptists must choose between, and each has expressed an agenda on dealing with racial issues and gender issues. Both men, of course, as true Christians, reject racism.

This statement by J. D. Greear—one of the two candidates—is quite good:

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But the two candidates have different ways of going about it. Greear says that, for racism and sexism to be properly addressed, the SBC must recruit and promote minorities and women in leadership positions.

The Federalist reports, “Largest U.S. Protestant Denomination Considers President Who Supports Race And Sex Quotas.”

At this week’s annual Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination will vote to select their next president.


The primary policy issue is whether the SBC should pursue race- and sex-based proportions in hiring for leadership positions within the denomination. The two men running for president, J.D. Greear and Ken Hemphill, both have strong church credentials and unimpeached personal character. But they differ on how the church should respond to accusations of sexism leveled against SBC leaders and the widespread claim in the mainstream media that white evangelicals are racist because they voted for President Trump.

Hemphill’s platform emphasizes a responsibility within the convention to continue to “preach the whole counsel of God’s Word which teaches that racism is sin,” and highlights the important role of women within the church as found in the New Testament. Hemphill also seeks to recall and celebrate the SBC’s positive role in opposing racism in the South.

Greear’s platform is a little more pessimistic. “Our doctrine and our mission are solid,” Greear said in a recent campaign video, “but I think we need a new culture, and a new posture in the Southern Baptist Convention.” This culture would not be created by simply teaching more of “God’s Word,” but by repenting of a “failure to listen to and honor women and racial minorities” and “to include them in proportionate measures in top leadership roles.”


Greear reports that while only 17 percent of attendees at the megachurch he pastors are people of color, more than 33 percent of pastors and worship leaders are non-white. Aggressively pursuing people of color for leadership positions and prominence onstage helps his church have more of the conversations about race that the Left sees as the ultimate means of reducing white bigotry and ignorance.

Whether these kinds of measures really do work—not solely to eradicate racial bigotry, but also to fight sexism—is a matter open to question, and one of the main issues the SBC will be voting on in this year’s election.

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Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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