I want to strongly urge you to sign up for Todd’s free newsletter. It’s your only lifeline to conservative news and commentary. We can no longer rely on social media. Click here to subscribe.
The following is a rush transcript of Todd’s interview with Gov. Mike Huckabee. Listen to the entire interview above.
TODD: [01:24:10] A little closer to home, the Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week in Nashville, Tennessee. It is all out war. And Governor, I have never seen I have never seen seen this ugly within the Southern Baptist Convention, at least in my in the span of the past 20, 30 years. I mean, there are some ugly stuff happening.
HUCKABEE: [01:24:35] Well, you’ve got to go back 40 years. And I remember it was every bit this ugly, if not worse. But, you know, that was a real gut check for the Southern Baptists to determine where they’re going to be people of the book, where they’re going to be committed to the authority and RNC and infallibility of scripture are where are they going to tune themselves to the culture that is ever changing? That’s basically what’s going on right now.
There are some people I think it’s a small minority that would love to see the Baptists specifically and evangelicalism in general become more woke become a little more in tune with a modern culture so that we’re not castigated as being out, you know, outdated. And then there are those who believe that it is not the job of the church to tune to the ever changing culture. It’s the job of the church to tell the culture what the notes are and ask the culture to tune to the biblical standard and to the standard of God.
So I’m hoping that Southern Baptist will once again realize that the only strength they have is the strength of their commitment to scripture and conservatism.
That’s why I’ve seen some things really ugly happen to a good, good man, Mike Stone, who is going to be nominated for president of the convention. I hope he wins. I think he would be terrific. He has shown grace and a great sense of calm under fire.
And my good friend Ronnie Floyd, who is the executive committee president and a terrific guy, I’ve known him for over 30 years. He was one of the greatest pastors in Arkansas before he went to this job. And people have been saying some just ridiculous things about him. I know him to be a man of impeccable integrity. And I think the attacks on people that are known to be honorable and men of integrity, I think they’re going to backfire.
TODD: [01:26:26] And I hope they do. And I know that early on in all of this back, you know, during the the early days of the campaign, you had Russell Moore inviting a group of pastors. And again, he was one of the ones saying, oh, we need to temper our involvement in politics. And if you remember, Governor, he invited Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton to speak to a gathering in Nashville. And they did not invite you or Ted Cruz, who have great ties to the Baptist community. There was a lot of suspect stuff going on even in those early days.
HUCKABEE: [01:27:05] Yeah, I’ll be honest. I thought I had to scratch my head about that. I’m thinking, okay, look, I like Marco and Jeb. They’re both good guys, but they’re Catholic. I’m not sure why you would think that they would be better able to represent the world of Christians and politics, more so than somebody who once was the president of the Arkansas Baptist Convention and was on the National Executive Committee for several years. Maybe that would have been a good choice. But, you know, what do I know?