(ChurchLeaders) J.D. Greear admonished leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) not to let their political leanings or arguments over critical race theory (CRT) distract them from the gospel. Greear said he sees behavior in the SBC similar to that of the Pharisees, whom Jesus harshly rebuked.
“Let me state this very clearly, as clearly as I can,” said Greear in an address to the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. “Critical race theory is an important discussion, and I am all for, as I hope you would be, robust theological discussion about it. For something as important as what biblical justice looks like in the world today, we need careful, robust, Bibles-open-on-our-knees discussion. But we should mourn when closet racists and neo-Confederates feel more at home in our churches than do many of our people of color.”