Pastor poised to be first black to lead Baptists

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NEW ORLEANS (RNS) After months of urging from other Baptists around the country, the Rev. Fred Luter confirmed he is running to be the first African-American president of the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention. Several Baptist leaders said Luter becomes the prohibitive favorite for the post. By Bruce Nolan.

  • gilhow

    Luther’s election would be good for Southern Baptists and religion in general. This will be good for Christianity. This will be good for the South. This will be a superb move toward genuine, respectful unity of all religious groups, Christian and others–unity of the autonomous Southern Baptist sort. Let it happen if it will provide the yeast for healthy growth. That healthy growth must include a genuine decrease of prejudice in all matters, in religion, in race, in ethnology, in politics, in sexual orientation, in everything. We just cannot consider Jesus as our “model of the Holy” if we continue in the prejudices of all those things that separate us now. The only healthy separation to allow, to struggle in maintaining, is a separation of church and state as wisely required by our Constitution. That separation is the healthy life blood of both churches and the state. Let us learn from history the wisdom the Framers of our Constitution recognized in requiring separation. Let us learn from the history of Christianity in particular and religion in general of the awful result of expecting or demanding unity based on conditions that violate the sacred consciences and natural rights and differences among all people.