I just finished a post for SBC Voices linking all the important posts on the new Southern Baptist environmentalism debate. If you haven’t heard about this yet, it has all the makings for a major theme for this summer’s Southern Baptist Convention.
This initiative was launched by Jonathan Merritt, a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He said the idea occurred to him in a theology class. It’s a great story about the consequences of ideas. I had a similar experience last semester and interviewed Dr. Gregg Allison about the issue.
Merritt drafted a declaration and gained the support of host of Southern Baptist leaders. The initiative went viral this weekend when news agencies reported it as a new position statement from the SBC.
Don’t let the name fool you. This is not an agency affiliated with Nashville. The ERLC and Baptist Press clarified, only the SBC annual meeting can make official statements. Of course, those are not binding on churches – even the well intended ones. The confusion was unfortunate, since it may cloud a real shift in opinion evident among some Southern Baptists.
I’ve created this poll to start the conversation here. It raises some great worldview questions, not to mention the role (or non-role) of the SBC in current political debates.