I have no problem with any Christian group or church condemning the alt-right. (I condemn it myself.) But why the particular urgency right now for the SBC to do this? Do people think there is a particular link between the Southern Baptists and the loony tunes among us?

Perhaps I missed something, but I don’t see it. Isn’t a condemnation of these nuts likely to be seen as an admission of complicity? Are Catholics being pressured to condemn the nutcases, too?

If the SBC does condemn the alt-right, I hope all other churches (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox) will do likewise. And then we can make sure everyone condemns all the baddies: the Communist Party, ISIS, the KKK, those who don’t recycle, etc.

It doesn’t take a lot of courage to kick dirt in the face of the SBC these days. Sometimes this kind of virtue-signaling is a mask for scoring political points.

Update: OK, I’m sold, and may the other denominations follow the SBC’s lead:

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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