by Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr.

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention has a tragic and dark racial history steeped in the legacy of white supremacy and slavery, a history acknowledged in the 1995 “Resolution On Racial Reconciliation On The 150th Anniversary Of The Southern Baptist Convention”; and

WHEREAS, In 1863, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted the “Resolution on Peace” as a response to the then-ongoing Civil War, a resolution that stated, “we justify ourselves in this conflict with our enemies” and hailed Confederate General Stonewall Jackson as a “noble Christian warrior” who had left a “glorious example” for Christians to follow; and

WHEREAS, In 2016, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted the resolution “On Sensitivity And Unity Regarding The Confederate Battle Flag,” which called on “our brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African American brothers and sisters”; and

WHEREAS, In 2017, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted the resolution “On The Anti-gospel Of Alt-right White Supremacy” which decried “every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ”; and

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky recently expressed deep lament, established a multimillion-dollar scholarship for African American students in the coming years, and vacated the Joseph Emerson Brown Chair of Christian Theology as a response to the sinful slaveholding legacy of its founders; and

WHEREAS, Article XV of the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 states, “In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism,” along with many other sins; and

WHEREAS, Revisionist accounts of the Civil War began to spread among Southerners, including among those in the Southern Baptist Convention, almost immediately after the War; and

WHEREAS, Some of these revisionist accounts have persisted even to this day in public, private, and homeschooling curriculum, academic journals, white-supremacist organizations, and so-called Confederate “heritage” groups; and

WHEREAS, One such revisionist account, commonly known as “The Lost Cause,” maintains the following, among other things: that the Confederate cause was noble, justified, and righteous; that the issue of slavery was not a primary cause of the War; that Northern Aggression and states’ rights were the primary cause of the War; that historical accounts and descriptions of the godless and barbaric practice of chattel slavery were often exaggerated or inaccurate; that the Union sought to destroy the noble Southern way of life; and, finally, that secession from the Union was lawful; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, June 15-16, 2021, condemn, repudiate, and reject the revisionist account of the Civil War known as “The Lost Cause” as pseudo-historical, false, and racist; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we reaffirm the following words of the 1995 “Resolution On Racial Reconciliation On The 150th Anniversary Of The Southern Baptist Convention”: “RESOLVED, That we lament and repudiate historic acts of evil such as slavery from which we continue to reap a bitter harvest, and we recognize that the racism which yet plagues our culture today is inextricably tied to the past”; and be it finally RESOLVED, That we commit to continue to address the sinful remnants of this Southern Baptist Convention’s legacy whilst celebrating what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do through us as we joyfully cooperate