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Resolutions from the 2007 Southern Baptist Convention

On Personal and Corporate Repentance

WHEREAS, The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Frank Page, has reminded Southern Baptists of God's call to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways so that our land can be healed (2 Chronicles 7:14); and

WHEREAS, Spiritual awakening and renewal are not possible where pride, disobedience, bitterness, enmity, and strife exist (Isaiah 59:1-2); and

WHEREAS, The Scriptures teach us that we should "be like-minded and sympathetic, should love believers, and be compassionate and humble, not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing" (1 Peter 3:8-9, HCSB); and

WHEREAS, God's Word teaches, "All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ" (Ephesians 4:31-32, HCSB); and

WHEREAS, God's Word further teaches, "sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints" (Ephesians 5:3, HCSB); and

WHEREAS, God's Spirit is grieved; Christ's Bride, the church is sullied; and our witness is diminished by our failure to obey God (Psalm 66:18; Galatians 5:19-20; Ephesians 4:30-32; 1 Peter 2:1); now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in San Antonio, Texas, June 12-13, 2007, urge all Southern Baptists to humble ourselves before God (James 4:6-10); and be it further

RESOLVED, That we urge Southern Baptists to embrace a spirit of repentance, pursue face-to-face reconciliation where necessary, and enter into a time of fasting and prayer for the lost; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we humble ourselves in individual and corporate repentance so that we may seek the face of the Lord, that He would become preeminent in our lives, and that the world would see a clear demonstration of His presence in our lives, churches, and denomination.


On the 150th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision

WHEREAS, March 6, 2007, marked the 150th anniversary of the infamous Dred Scott Decision by the United States Supreme Court; and

WHEREAS, The majority opinion of the Court concluded that people of African ancestry and their descendants "had no rights which the white man was bound to respect" and ruled that an entire race of people did not have personhood nor right of citizenship; and

WHEREAS, We affirm the Declaration of Independence which says, "we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights"; and

WHEREAS, This deplorable decision required action by all three branches of government to eventually overturn: Emancipation Proclamation (1863); Brown v. Board of Education (1954); and Civil Rights Act of 1964; and

WHEREAS, We are complicit with this erroneous Supreme Court decision when we fail to love, minister to, and share the Gospel with people because of their ethnicity, ability, or station in life; and

WHEREAS, We are all born as slaves to sin and have no rights to the throne of God except through Jesus Christ; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in San Antonio, Texas, June 12-13, 2007, wholly lament and repudiate the Dred Scott Decision and fully embrace the Lord's command to love our neighbors as ourselves; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we reaffirm the historic action in 1995 of the Southern Baptist Convention to "unwaveringly denounce racism, in all its forms, as deplorable sin," and to view "every human life as sacred…of equal and immeasurable worth, made in God's image, regardless of race or ethnicity"; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we fully concur that "racism profoundly distorts our understanding of Christian morality"; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we commend our churches who intentionally reach out to all persons regardless of ethnicity, and we encourage all other Southern Baptist churches to emulate their example, as the Body of Christ is commanded and called to do; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we pray for and eagerly await the day that the scourge and blight of racism is totally eradicated from the Body of Christ so that the world may see the love of Christ incarnated in and through us.

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