A Southern Baptist pastor who once called Trump supporters “political whores” has been elected as the first black chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Smith is the pastor of Family Church Village in West Palm Beach, Florida, and previously served as director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. He’s also served on the ERLC board since 2018, the Christian Post reported.
“I think some Southern Baptists lost their minds when a black man was elected president. Not all, but some, Smith said in remarks first reported by Protestia. I think some Southern Baptists were unloving to black people beginning in 2012 with the killing of Trayvon Martin. I don’t mean agree about politics or policy…I just mean giving a darn that somebody else is hurting who is supposed to be your brother or sister in Christ. And I think some Southern Baptists just bent over and became political whores with this whole Trump stuff.”
At the time the pastor earned accolades from a number of far-left groups like Occupy Democrats for calling out what was termed “MAGA pastors.”
“As far as becoming political whores and bending over so the bad orange man could impregnate us with racial ideologies, this is not the winsomeness that he was insisting we emulate during his later conference talk that he gave in front of the whole convention, making him quite the hypocrite,” Protestia wrote.
What was even more disturbing is not a single pastor in the room or on the stage called out Smith’s attacks or the language he used to describe his fellow Christians.
But since Pastor Smith broached the subject, it bears asking: Does the pastor believe that Christians who voted for Barack Obama are also political whores?
How else would he explain why Christians would cast their vote for a man who is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage and anti-religious liberty. Obama did more to destroy religious liberty in this nation than any other president in modern American history.
Obama also declared war on Billy Graham, America’s pastor. The late evangelist’s crime was to support traditional marriage. Obama’s Internal Revenue Service led an audit against the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at great expense. It was the first time in the ministry’s history that they had been subjected to a government audit.
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President Trump, on the other hand, defended religious liberty. He became the only president in history to speak in person at the annual March for Life. And he nominated Supreme Court justices that eventually gave coaches across the nation the right to pray at football games. And more importantly, the justices he nominated overturned Roe v. Wade.
Pastor Smith is either woefully misinformed about his politics or he is a profane, race-hustling, Al Sharpton wannabe.
But the unanimous selection of someone like Smith is yet further evidence of how the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination has taken a left turn. Most recently, the ERLC has led a not-so-stealth campaign to target the Second Amendment in Tennessee.
And it’s impossible to forget the anti-Trump pronouncements that came from the ERLC during the tenure of its last president.
Russell Moore, who now leads “Christianity Today,” once argued “evangelicals and other social conservatives” must “repudiate everything they believe” to support Trump.
And the Western Recorder reported on a 2016 Roll Call article that quoted Moore as stating, “Ted Cruz is leading in the ’Jerry Falwell’ wing (of evangelicalism), Marco Rubio is leading the ’Billy Graham’ wing and Trump is leading the ’Jimmy Swaggart’ wing.”
No wonder so many Christians are fleeing Southern Baptist churches.