Last year, at likely my final SBC convention, I had option of hearing Pence laud Trump (someone who boasted abt sexual assualt) or to speak at the @SBCForSuchATime rally. I chose the latter. I chose the latter b/c THIS is evil and this is a reality in SBC.…
I understand the initial urge of SBC pastors & leaders to publicly renounce the evils entailed here, but I’d ask them to take a pause. Before they do, I’d ask them to consider how they’ve contributed to this reality & if they need to repent personally too.
Don’t be so quick too repudiate unless you 1st self-assess & are willing to include yourself as part of the problem. If you have power & influence in SBC at the highest levels, you may be part of the problem. I’ve seen many dismiss voices crying out to support powerful friends.
There is hypocrisy in jumping on team anti-abuse when you yourself have silenced the afflicted and defended/justified those who have done the harm. I’d encourage leaders to pause & self-reflect before they demonstrate hypocrisy. Some of us have watched the hypocrisy for years.
For many, watching leaders who they know are complicit act as if they’re on side of advocacy just contributes to a jadedness. Until many see genuine repentance, not simply an entity (SBC) repent but individuals w/ power repent; it’s hard to see real change coming. ❤️
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