Last week, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, announced that it will remove images of the flag on its stained glass windows.
This week, the Southern Baptist Convention voted that members stop displaying the Confederate flag.
Black Texas pastor Dwight McKissic proposed the Confederate flag resolution to the SBC national convention which has met this week in St. Louis.
"The SBC supported the Confederacy and was emotionally and philosophically attached to the Confederacy," McKissic proclaimed.
The SBC was created in 1845 in response to a number of theological disagreements with the churches of Northern states. McKissic, and certain liberal/modernist-leaning SBC leaders like Russell Moore and Albert Mohler are falsely proclaiming that the SBC was established to promote slavery throughout the South.
I did not believe that the matter would even come up for vote this week because many within the SBC leadership were skeptical about how the proposal would be received. No doubt it was only brought to the floor to distract the messengers from weightier matters that the leadership did not to publicly address. This is always the case, remember the "Disney Boycott" - typically these are "red herring" issues.
More surprisingly, when they brought the resolution to the floor, a large block of members demonstrated their commitment to the proposal.
Messengers proposed changes to the original proposal, and leaders, not wanting the matter to be too divisive, even suggested references to family history and maintaining the flag as a symbol of Southern pride. But in the end, the Messengers approved the resolution as originally proposed and called for outright removal rather than limited displays.
"We call our brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African-American brothers and sisters," said the final draft of the resolution.
Russell Moore, the leader of the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,celebrated the passage of the resolution by saying: "Today, messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, including many white Anglo southerners, decided the cross was more important than the flag. They decided our African-American brothers and sisters are more important than family heritage."
Speaking to the Messengers, after the vote, Dr. Jimmy Merritt, a man who I thought to have been proud off his Confederate heritage, loudly proclaimed:
"My fellow Southern Baptists, I'm not speaking to you today just as the pastor of a church. I am the great-great-grandson of two men who fought in the confederate army. One is buried in the confederate cemetery in Litchfield, Virginia. One fought in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. .... All the confederate flags in the world are not worth one soul of any race."
And while I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Merritt in the inexplicable value of a soul - after all it was for that soul that Jesus died - what I fail to understand, what I have been saying to my Southern Baptist brethren, and my direct question to Dr. Merritt (and also to Moore, Mohler, etc.) is why does it have to be an EITHER/OR?
The same Bible that proclaims the worth of a soul, the same Bible that commands us to preach the Gospel to that soul, also commands us to honor our fathers.
So why cannot we Southern Baptists do both? Why are some in the SBC so hell-bent that we must dishonor our fathers in order to "reach" certain souls?
The founders of the Southern Baptist Convention were, as was pointed out at this week's convention, "emotionally and philosophically attached to the Confederacy," And they won multitudes of souls. Not just white souls, but also millions of black, asian, and latino souls too. The Southern Baptists had the greatest global missionary outreach the world had ever seen.
Our heritage is not an evil one - but a righteous one. Our ancestors were godly men and women.
Am I the only one noticing that those who would have us abandon our heritage are the SAME folks who have abandoned the King James Bible (the Book of our ancestors) and have pushed to replace it with garbage translations?
The SAME folks who have insisted that we abandon the rich, deep hymns of our faith and replace them with silly 7-ELEVEN songs (song with 7 words sung over and over again at least 11 times).
The same ones who have been systematically opposing every standard, doctrine and matter of polity - in short, those who would have us abandon the Faith of our Fathers, the "Faith once delivered unto the saints," and replace it with some eccumenical, non-sectarian, "contemporary" (or whatever they are calling it this week) watered down, politically correct religion that may I dare say doesn't have squat on the "Old Time Religion."
For the last 20 years I have lived through that which I, as a very young man, never thought imaginable. The flag of our fathers simply being the most recent and one of the last vestiges of the faith of my fathers literally being torched before my very eyes.
I can hardly write - I am yet to fully process it. As I do process a more articulate reply will be published. My personal response, and that of Dixie Heritage, will be ongoing. But I felt that something has to be said at this moment even as I face a publishing deadline.
For now, know that when the SBC passes a resolution it is always NON-binding.
Baptists are NOT Presbyterians or Methodists or Episcopals. We have no denominational hierarchy as such. The local churches are autonomous and ours is a bottom-up government - not a top-down government. So ALL resolutions are NON-binding. And I am going to be contacting all of our churches in the coming months to call upon each of them to ignore this resolution!
If you are a Southern Baptist and you send me your pastor's eMail address I will personally reach out to your pastor and I will also send him a copy of my 10-chapter book A Symbol of Hate? or an Ensign of the Christian Faith? The Truth About the Confederate Battle Flag.
Wolf took action Wednesday after Capitol police had been summoned to retrieve the flag and return it to the display.
The reproduction of an 1863 Confederate battle flag was part of a historical society's collection of flags that have flown over what is now the U.S., including from territories and the colonial period.
Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, a Philadelphia Democrat, said she was astonished to see the flag as she walked through the Capitol's east wing on Tuesday. "I just did what I thought was right and I took the flag down," said Brown, who heads the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.
She carried it into the chambers and gave it to the House speaker.
Organizers and volunteers with the exhibit, sponsored by the Hanover Area Historical Society, realized it was missing when they assembled for a ceremony to mark the exhibit, intended to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Flag Day. They summoned Capitol police, who recovered it from the House speaker's office.
"She had no right to do it without going through proper channels, given her position," said Debra Markle, a historical society board member. "She knows what protocol is, and that was not protocol."
The exhibit organizers returned it to the display before Wolf ordered its removal.
"The Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and hatred and he doesn't think it should be displayed in a state building," said Jeff Sheridan, spokesman for the Democratic governor.
Brown said police had told her she would be arrested if she touched the flag again.
Republican Rep. Dan Moul of Adams County, who helped bring the exhibit to the Capitol, urged Wolf to reconsider his decision. "When you take something that doesn't belong to you, that's an issue, whether you like it or not," Moul said. "What's next? Somebody doesn't like one of the statues in here and they take it down on their own?"
The governor's spokesman said two other Confederate reproductions were also removed from the exhibit. The agency that currently has them plans to turn them back over to the historical society.
Markle said the 50 flags on display were exhibited in 1966 in the U.S. and Pennsylvania capitols.
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After surviving the 1862 Battle of Corinth during the Civil War, Newton Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi, leads a group of small farmers and local slaves in an armed rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County. Knight subsequently marries a former enslaved woman, Rachel. He establishes a mixed-race community, unique in the post-war South.
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