Open Letter to the Leadership of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

To the President & Trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,

Today we face unprecedented times in the United States of America. A country which was founded on the principles of religious freedom, free speech and equal opportunity, is actively being transformed into a place which rejects these values in favor of an anti-culture movement which demands compelled speech in support of godless ideologies. There has never been a time in the history of the U.S. where Christians have been faced with the types of issues currently defining our cultural landscape. At this moment, we are at a critical junction where gospel affirming institutions and organizations must be clear about where they stand on issues which are significantly impacting and shaping both the culture and evangelicals. If ever there was a time when transparency, honesty and clarity was needed by Christian leaders and institutions, it is now.

Over the past two years, I have observed the following:

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A Response to Denhollander on the Atlanta Shootings

Rachael Denhollander recently released an opinion piece in the Washington Post in response to the unfortunate events in Atlanta, Georgia which left six woman dead. The alleged murderer, Robert Aaron Long, is a 21 year old man whose membership in a local conservative Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church has attracted national attention. Of course it isn’t just his church affiliation which has garnered the attention of sexual abuse victim advocates such as Denhollander, but the teachings of his church which holds to a belief of sexual abstinence outside of marriage. This wasn’t an unsolicited targeting of his church’s beliefs, Robert Long specifically indicated to police that his motive was to “eliminate temptation” presumably sexual temptation.

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CRT Activism Coming to Your Workplace

If you have been following the news over the past several months, critical race theory or CRT has likely become a familiar term. If you are still not certain of the definition, take a look at New Discourses and Sovereign Nations because in our current environment you can’t afford not to know. This approach to viewing the world has started to permeate every part of our society. Your children are being taught to apply it in their grade school, colleges have integrated it into their curriculum, policy makers are advancing it within the government and your churches might even be teaching it. If you think this is just another fad in the arena of philosophy that will not really impact you, it is time to start paying attention.

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If the People

Today, as we read the newspaper or tune into the news station, we are witnessing a crisis point in the history of these United States of America. We are seeing the culmination of a decades long attempt by some to transform our society. It may sound strange to some, but we live in the freest, most prosperous country in the history of the world. Consider that our country is a place where tens of thousands of people every year are willing to risk their lives traversing the desert, the vast Gulf of Mexico, walk miles through dangerous, guerrilla warfare infested lands and pay large sums of money, just to cross into the U.S. Yet, observing the current situation and behavior of people in America, one would think we live in the most oppressed country in the world.

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The Draft: A Woman’s Right?

Last week marked the twelve year anniversary of the opening of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring the more than 16 million men and women who served during the war.  When I walk the halls of the Pentagon each day there are memorials which surround me to honor not only men, but women who have honorably served to defend our nation.  In the center of Arlington National Cemetery there is an entire memorial dedicated to the women of our Armed Services.  There can be no doubt that over the past century women have shared in the rich heritage of military service.  Yet, the one element which has always distinguished these women from other woman, has been their freedom to exercise a choice in deciding to serve our country in this capacity.  Since 1917, when women were first allowed to join the U.S. Armed Services, this opportunity has always been a decision not made under compulsion, but under free will.

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The Age of the Designer Family

Since the rise of Hollywood, we have witnessed our culture set their dreams on creating what has become known as the definition of a “perfect” family.  For many years creating this ideal family involved factors which were largely outside of our control. But the post-modern world is enabling people to come closer to making this dream into a reality by overcoming former barriers through advances in medical research and the revolutionary shift in moral standards.  What was once thought to be impossible is now becoming possible and more importantly, culturally acceptable.

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