I think the final version of the SBC Resolution is a good resolution.
It’s not perfect in my mind, but it’s a substantive and scriptural response to the racist elements at work within the cultural and political upheavals taking place in America right now.
But, I think identifying ALL the threads of the political movements and matters that gave President Trump his election victory as Alt-Right is reactionary, sloppy and knee-jerk cultural analysis.
I support condemning white nationalism or any nationalist movements based on race but I wouldn’t conflate racism with nationalism.
Someone isn’t a racist if they stand opposed to progressive expressions of globalism.
I think the dangers of white nationalism and globalism are political expressions of intolerant and violent fundamentalism, be it on the right or left, religious or secular.
The concern I have with resolutions like the SBC17 is in how it could be used to conflate rejecting alt-right racism with rejecting legitimate political opposition to alt-left globalism.
These matters are very complex and require thoughtful attention to the political and cultural nuances that make up such a diverse political landscape. Identity politics, race, history, nationalism, immigration, national security, economics, religious pluralism and jihad are issues that demand political engagement. But how one deals with these matters politically and religiously should reflect our national values and commitments to work hard to maintain a constitutional clarity between the religious and secular, the collective public and the personal conscience.
To me national unity isn’t arrived by political or religious conformity but constitutional liberty.
Personally, I stand against racism or race-based nationalism and globalism on both religious and political grounds.
For me Pentecost is the religious destruction of the Tower of Babel reflecting the unifying redemptive work of the purposes of God and the kingdom of God ethos but it’s not the construction of the one world beast globalism of the Revelation.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s presence on “all flesh” (v. 17), irrespective of age (“old men” and “young men”), gender (“sons” and “daughters” and “male servants” and “female servants”), social rank (“servants”), or race (“all flesh”; cf. v. 39; i.e., both Jew and Gentile) is the foundation for effective and prophetic Christian racial reconciliation and renewal.
“But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.” Acts 2:16-18
Whenever there’s a mass movement to unify or ‘mark’ all under political or cultural conformity I reject and resist.
The kingdom of God is not the kingdom of worlds. Working for redemptive relational reconciliation isn’t a political cause but an outworking of a redeemed and renewed heart and mind that may and often should, express itself in political causes or may oppose them.
My vision of the world is shaped by the King and the kingdom of God not political, cultural or religious globalism.
Here’s the full SBC resolution: http://static.coreapps.net/sbc-am2017/documents/f618b2f02b1fc085697b4f5d147cb58e.pdf