“For far too long, women have suffered silently and ashamed in many church environments.
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has a poor track record in its treatment of women.”
The annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is fast approaching, and something unprecedented will be taking place on the first day of the Dallas gathering. A group plans to rally outside the convention center to call attention to the” SBC’s poor track record in the treatment of women”. (see below)
The recent publicity concerning Paige Patterson, one of the architects of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Conservative Resurgence, has deeply troubled many women as well as men. Patterson has served as a lightning rod, but there are other leaders throughout the convention who share views similar to his regarding the treatment of women. It was exactly 20 years ago that the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message was amended to include the following language: (link)
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. (emphasis mine)
We believe Dorothy Patterson and Mary Mohler were the only two women who served on the committee to recommend this change.
The election of Paige Patterson as SBC president coincided with this significant change to the Baptist Faith and Message. Two years later, when Patterson was the outgoing SBC president, this language was incorporated into the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (BFM2000).
Here’s the million dollar question. Are Southern Baptist women better off today than they were 20 years ago (when the above amendment was made)???
It appears that women who have remained in the SBC are indeed worse off. Here is a screen shot from the #forsuchatimeasthis website that explains their concerns:
Their list of concerns are as follows:
- Domestic Abuse
- Women Want Respect Too
- Training Future Pastors
- Addressing Faulty Leadership
If you want to join the movement and stay up-to-date, you can sign up here.
This year’s theme appears to be Testify: Go Stand Speak
And that’s exactly what the #forsuchatimeasthis supporters will be doing. They will GO to Dallas, STAND outside the convention center and SPEAK their minds regarding the mistreatment of women by Southern Baptist pastors and other leaders in the convention.
For those participating, please send us pictures which we will include in a follow-up post!