This afternoon at 2:50 a historic event will take place in New Orleans. For the first time in its 167 year history the Southern Baptist Convention will elect a black president. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. Pastor Luter be elected without opposition.
The SBC began in 1845 when a northern based mission sending society refused to appoint a southern slave owner as a missionary. Many churches in the south gathered in Augusta Georgia and convened the first Southern Baptist Convention for the purpose of appointing missionaries. This group has spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe by becoming the largest evangelical mission sending society in the world.
The election this afternoon has garnered the attention of secular media unlike our convention has for many years. Both conservative and liberal media outlets are gathered in New Orleans for this historic event. My prayer is that they not only stay for his election, but that they will stick around for Pastor Luter's acceptance speech. I have heard him speak many times and I am certain he will present a powerful gospel presentation.
The love of Jesus Christ is color blind. While this event in New Orleans today is big news, men and women someday will stand around the throne of God without regard to race or nationality. If our eyes are on Him then we become unconcerned with the color of the person who stands beside us. I pray that God uses Fred Luter not to direct the world to see his color but that he continues to direct their eyes to Christ.