This week, Donald Trump reiterated his position calling for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S.
The Southern Baptist Convention, however, has other ideas:
Southern Baptists Split With Trump On Refugee Resettlement https://t.co/E4f9Guy1Gw
— 91.7 WVXU (@917wvxu) June 16, 2016
Southern Baptists Vote to Support Refugee Resettlement After Trump Says to Ban All Muslim Imm… /Proud of our stand! https://t.co/GIq2l1iomT
— Daniel Akin (@DannyAkin) June 15, 2016
From the Christian Post:
Messengers at the SBC’s annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri approved Resolution 12, titled “On Refugee Ministry,” as part of a block vote taken Wednesday on the five remaining resolutions from Tuesday.
“That we affirm that refugees are people loved by God, made in His image, and that Christian love should be extended to them as special objects of God’s mercy in a world that has displaced them from their homelands,” reads Resolution 12.
“That we encourage Southern Baptist churches and families to welcome and adopt refugees into their churches and homes as a means to demonstrate to the nations that our God longs for every tribe, tongue, and nation to be welcomed at His Throne …”
Although not everyone at the convention was on board. Pastor John Wofford of the Armorel Baptist Church in Arkansas “offered a motion calling for the removal from office of SBC leaders who supported the right of Muslims to build mosques“:
— WWRN (@wwrn) June 16, 2016
Here’s video of SBC officer Dr. Russel Moore firing back on the threat of government power, warning that the same government that can ban mosques can eventually ban churches as well:
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) June 15, 2016
The churches also voted “overwhelmingly to repudiate the display of the Confederate Battle Flag”:
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) June 14, 2016
— Religion NewsService (@RNS) June 15, 2016