I recently became aware of an initiative led by two former presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention. It is called the “Unify Project”.
What is the purpose of this project? It is putatively to further racial reconciliation.
The question then arises as to how this program works. The website gives the details.
In a nutshell, pastors and leaders from different backgrounds get together to pray and to talk about race. They will “share meals together…, spend time with one another…, build relationships… break down barriers… and learn each other’s stories.” They will also hold joint services. Then when racial strife occurs in the community, they will speak out. And they will engage in acts of service alongside each other.
Some of this sounds very nice. But I think there is ample reason to be skeptical. Why? Let’s list the reasons.
- This initiative is nothing new or innovative. Such attempts have been made for many decades by various parties. The liberal mainline churches and denominations, for instance, have been doing this for many years.
- It is a recipe for surrender on important cultural or political questions.
- Evangelism and discipleship are much better approaches.
- Those exploiting racial conflict– i.e., the political and cultural left, and certain self-dealing leaders from the black church tradition– have no intention of displaying humility or of seeking peace. Simply put, they have too much to gain by nursing and inflaming various grievances.
This is another example of Southern Baptist leaders leaning leftward. There is no plan outlined to express God’s truth with this program. Instead, it reeks of an empathetic, therapeutic approach through which wrongful grievances are affirmed.
Here is another interesting tidbit. The pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC is the executive director of this program. His name is Josh Wester. He has previously been affiliated with the convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission which has taken a sharp left turn over the last decade also.