Posted on July 3, 2020 7:00 AM by Kirk Kirkland
Three years ago I led our multi-ethnic, urban church plant to join the convention. At the time, it was one of the most difficult decisions I could make as a young pastor. I questioned the idea of being connected to a denomination that was formed over the issue of slavery. Of course all of that happened in the past but the connotation of the name “Southern” Baptist was very present.
Though it was extremely uncomfortable, I decided the best option was to face the issue head-on. I called a town hall meeting and we laid it all out for everyone to know, criticize, and decide. When it came time to vote it was an unanimous one. So here we are!
I know how divisive and difficult talks about race & racism can be. My natural tendency as a non-confrontational person fights against it even now. But I am persuaded that there is a higher calling that compels me to push to the front and point the way to Biblical truth.
If we bury our heads in the sand of status quo or popular opinion the next generation of disciple makers may leave us there to die, wandering in that wilderness. Now is the time to take your stand so let’s stand together! Let’s face it head-on for the glory the God and for the love of neighbor!
-- Kirk Kirkland pastors Revive City, Cincinnati and is also NAMB's Send City Missionary for the Dayton, Oh., area.