By Walter R. Strickland II, Special Advisor to the President for Diversity & Instructor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
I am encouraged by the increased desire to cultivate God-glorifying diversity in the Southern Baptist Convention. As the desire for racial understanding grows in our ranks, we will be driven to have loving conversations that have proven to be volatile in broader culture. It is common knowledge that discussing religion, politics, or race are three ways to successfully end a pleasant dinner with friends or family. But if we’re serious about racial diversity, we’re going to have to grapple with the intersection of these three realities.