Southern Baptist Convention passed resolution to repudiate Confederate flag at annual meeting​

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, passed a resolution at its annual meeting today calling for Southern Baptist churches to discontinue displaying the Confederate flag as a “sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ.”

Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, commented on the passing of the resolution.

“The Southern Baptist Convention made history today and made history in the right way. This denomination was founded by people who wrongly defended the sin of human slavery. Today, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination voted to repudiate the Confederate battle flag and it’s time and well past time.

“The Confederate flag is a symbol of horrific injustices against our African American brothers and sisters in Christ and has been used as a threat of terrorism against them. Today Southern Baptists affirmed that we are more committed to the gospel than we are to a flag and more committed to the future than we are to the past.”

Moore blogged on “Southern Baptists and the Confederate Flag” today and the resolution language can be found online.