Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear opened up the two-day Southern Baptist meeting using a different gavel than the one traditionally used. The traditional gavel was named for John A. Broadus, a founding faculty member of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Broadus was a slaveholder and a believer in white superiority. So, instead of using the Broadus Gavel, Greear used the Judson Gavel, named for the first SBC missionary.
On Wednesday, two Southern Baptist pastors, Tom Ascol of Florida and Tom Buck of Texas, called on delegates to rescind Resolution 9. Passed in 2019, Resolution 9 allows for Critical Race Theory to be used as an analytical tool but also stated that it should be subordinate to Scripture.
The root problem with critical theory is not how the American story is told, but in pre-empting any critique or debate. That sort of thinking cannot be successfully countered by emulating it. The only way to fight bad ideas is with better ones.