Ronnie Floyd on Preparing SBC Churches for the Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, delivered his first presidential address to the SBC Executive Committee Sept. 22 in Nashville. Morris Abernathy
Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, delivered his first presidential address to the SBC Executive Committee Sept. 22 in Nashville. Morris Abernathy

One of the most powerful features in our upcoming Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio, will occur in our final afternoon session on Wednesday, June 17. This is not the year to leave the annual meeting early!

The Stakes Are Rising

The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments this week for and against redefining marriage in America. Marriage between a man and a woman is a God-ordained institution; the courts in our land do not need to attempt to redefine what God Himself has already clearly defined.

Yet, this week the stakes continue to rise regarding marriage in our nation. If the Supreme Court rules to redefine marriage, the continual attack that is already taking place on religious liberty will escalate.

Hear me clearly: If we lose the freedom of religion, then all the freedoms we have today will begin to diminish.

What is at stake is great. This is undeniable. We do not control the Supreme Court. At this point, our number one role must be to pray. Regardless of the outcome, may God have mercy on America and teach us how to live daily.

Preparing our churches for the future

It is incumbent upon us to do all we can with all we have to prepare our churches for the future. The Supreme Court may rule on this issue within days of or during our convention in Columbus and, regardless of the outcome, our churches need to be prepared. We must respond to the issue and toward those who may have differing opinions in a way that would represent our Lord Jesus Christ in the highest manner. Unquestionably, things are changing, and the way we address this issue must be done with the truth of God in one hand and the love of God in the other hand.

Our Southern Baptist churches must rise in this moment and minister to people of all ages who are wrestling with all the challenges of the sexual revolution in America. Children and teenagers need help. Parents need help. Adults of all ages need help. Pastors, Christian leaders and churches need help.

Since this need is so pressing, I appealed to our 2015 Committee on Order of Business to allocate some time for us to address it on Wednesday afternoon during the SBC annual meeting. I am thankful to Dr. Andrew Hebert, our chairman, and the members of this committee who provided us with an answer to this need.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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