J.D. Greear, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, last week implored Southern Baptist members to accept and promote that "black lives matter" as a gospel issue but criticized the Black Lives Matter organization in his 2020 presidential address to church members.
Speaking from his office in Durham, North Carolina, in a video address, Greear told the largest Baptist denomination in the world that black lives do matter.
"Southern Baptists, we need to say it clearly: As a gospel issue, black lives matter. Of course, black lives matter. Our black brothers and sisters are made in the image of God. Black lives matter because Jesus died for them. Black lives are a beautiful part of God's creation, and they make up an essential and beautiful part of this body," he said.
"Let me echo my friend Jimmy Scroggins, a pastor down in Florida, in saying that 'black lives matter' is an important thing to say right now because we are seeing in our country the evidence of specific injustices that many of our black brothers and sisters and friends have been telling us about for years," Greear said. "And by the way, let's not respond by saying, "Oh well, all lives matter.' Of course all lives matter. ... That's true. But you're missing the point."
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