By Victor Ochieng
This year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual gathering already went down in Phoenix, Arizona. Among some of the developments from the convention was the rejection of a clause against alt-right movement and white supremacy. The resolution was submitted to the annual meeting for consideration by Rev. William Dwight McKissic, Sr., a renowned pastor within the SBC ranks.
In an image posted on social media on Tuesday by Alan Cross, it was clearly indicated that McKissic’s resolution had been declined.
“SBC Resolutions Committee declines resolution to denounce rising alt-right/white supremacy movement. Would take 2/3 vote to bring to the floor this afternoon #SBC17,” Cross wrote in the tweet that featured the 2017 annual meeting hashtag.
The McKissic resolution was listed in the image as “On the Condemnation of the ‘Alt-Right’ Movement and the Roots of White Supremacy” and given the status of “Declined” under McKissic’s name and local address.
After learning of the rejection, Faithfully Magazine sent a request to SBC for confirmation of the status of the resolution and the possible reasons why it was rejected, but the body hadn’t responded at the time of going to press.
McKissic made public his resolution back in May when he posted snippets of it on his personal blog and social media.
In part, the resolution read: ““If this resolution is passed, understood, believed and practiced—it could help to lead the SBC in experiencing what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called ‘the beloved community’—which is a greater sense of unity and bridging the gaps between the fault lines of all persons from all socioeconomic backgrounds. And from a biblical perspective, where there is evidence of unity, there is an increase in a greater spiritual harvest; and that’s our ultimate goal.”
McKissic made the resolution with the hope that should it be adopted, it would give momentum to SBC’s agenda of “reconciliation, healing, unity, cross-cultural respect, appreciation for freedom of expression, and diversity of viewpoints.”
A resolution, according to SBC’s definition, is “an expression of opinion or concern, as compared to a motion, which calls for action.”
In defining the resolution, the body’s annual meeting website says, “A resolution is not used to direct an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention to specific action other than to communicate the opinion or concern expressed.”
McKissic is a known name within the SBC, having run into conflict with some of the organization’s members in 2006 after he protested its ban on speaking in tongues, which was tagged as “private prayer language.”