Amen to Bart Barber! Barber argues that Southern Baptists should not hold their breaths waiting for the cultural elites to congratulate us about the election of Fred Luter. He says that CNN is not the most important audience for this week’s historic election. He writes:
If the folks at CNN aren’t the most important audience, then who needs to know that Southern Baptists have elected Fred Luter? The kids in your youth group, pastor—they need to know… You need to report back to your congregation with a Powerpoint slideshow and you need to make certain that the people in your congregation see a photograph of the new SBC President. The black children and children of other ethnicities in my congregation need to see that they’re not attending somebody else’s church but are instead a part of a family that includes them.
Along those lines, I want to encourage Fred Luter to continue Bryant Wright’s tradition of recording video messages addressed to Southern Baptists. In contrast to what happened with Wright’s messages, we SBC pastors need to look for opportunities to put Fred Luter’s videos in front of our church members with some regularity (email newsletters, show them on the big screen, perhaps?) Especially if we serve in churches where everyone on the platform is white, we need to seize this opportunity to put someone of another color “on the platform” where we can.
This is a great word. Perhaps some of you are from churches like mine that do not make use of videos in worship services. If that’s the case, then find another venue to put Fred Luter’s face before your people. Maybe an article and picture in your church’s newsletter or website would do the trick. How ever you decide to do it, do it. Our people need to see Fred Luter.