By Alan Scot Willis
" Southern Baptists had lengthy thought of themselves a missionary humans, but if, after international conflict II, they launched into a dramatic growth of missionary efforts, they faced headlong the matter of racism. Believing that racism hindered their evangelical efforts, the Convention's full-time missionaries and project board leaders attacked racism as unchristian, hence discovering themselves at odds with the pervasive racist and segregationist ideologies that ruled the South. This innovative view of race under pressure the biblical team spirit of humanity, encompassing all races and transcending particular ethnic divisions. In All in response to God's Plan, Alan Scot Willis explores those ideals and the chasm they created in the conference. He exhibits how, within the post-World battle II period, the main revered participants of the Southern Baptists conference publicly challenged the main dearly held ideologies of the white South. Alan Scot Willis is assistant professor of background at Northern Michigan college. He lives in Marquette, Michigan.
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But Hackney challenged them further. ” Her challenge was poignant. While the Southern Baptist Convention, like other major denominations, had voiced support for the Brown decision and passed resolutions regarding race throughout the 1950s and 1960s, many local congregations remained silent. ” Silence was an unacceptable alternative for Christians. For T. B. ” A decade later, Baptist pastor Chevis Horne of Martinsville, Virginia, saw the silence of the churches as a clear abandonment of the transformative mission of the churches, noting that some churches responded to the racial crisis with aloofness and passivity.
47 The Baptist leaders insisted that biblical teachings needed to direct all aspects of the lives of Christians and the churches. While they agreed with their constituents that the fundamental mission of the church was “to preach and to teach the principles of original Christianity in their purity,” they disagreed with those Christians who argued that the churches should not become involved in political or social questions. Furthermore, progressive Baptists often defined political questions as moral questions.
34 Progressives viewed social responsibility as central to the teachings of Jesus. ” Maston argued that the two commandments stood or fell together. ” Progressive Baptist missionaries offered an answer consistent with their missionary outlook: they expanded the notion of “neighbor” to include all people. In the Baptist Student, Mary-Ellen Garrett, a long-time missionary in Africa, noted that Jesus responded to the lawyer with the parable of the good Samaritan. Garrett believed that Southern Baptists were so familiar with the story that they overlooked the depth of its meaning.
All According to God's Plan: Southern Baptist Missions and Race, 1945-1970 (Religion in the South) by Alan Scot Willis