True enough, ONE of its founding principles was to counteract the abolitionists in the North; but it has to be said, and it must be said, that the slavery issue was not the only issue at hand and under consideration.
The press seems to be making slavery the only concern which moved Baptists in the South in 1848 to establish their own Convention but of course there never are single reasons for anything. Mind you, the defense of slavery was immoral. It was wrong and it was wicked. But it is historically dishonest to pretend that a bunch of backwoods racist hicks got together in order only to defend their right to own other human beings and hatched a denomination for that exclusive purpose (as the ignorant amongst the press seem to be implying).
Southern Baptists in Convention at the birth of their new denomination also desired, with all their hearts, to promulgate the Gospel, educate ministers, send missionaries, and coalesce in fellowship with persons of like mind who asserted the validity of believer’s baptism and the authority of Scripture for life and practice.
It is woefully tiresome to see the press parade half facts and semi-truths simply to make hay. The press, and readers of news media, are morally obliged to get the whole story and not just the part which suits them.
The SBC has a past, we all admit that. But our past isn’t all wickedness and racism. We have done, and continue to do, marvelous things as the people of God, aided by his grace. We live, we grow, we learn. Can the press, can the media, say the same? That same media which buries retractions on page 6b bottom corner where people are sure to overlook them…