Well, this is awkward (and by "awkward," I mean stunningly, egregiously, jaw-droppingly offensive)...
This week, at a Southern Baptist Convention summit on "Ethics and Religious Liberty," North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear of Summit Church shockingly claimed that preaching against homosexuality in the 21st century is the moral equivalent of preaching against slavery in the nineteenth.
Now, video has surfaced of Greear's outrageous words. Watch:
"The point is not homosexuality, the point is the lordship of Jesus. The Bible offends every generation in different ways.
"Preaching against homosexuality in our day is about as popular as preaching against slavery and racism in Charleston, South Carolina in 1861. And back then, I'm sure the politically-correct people were like, 'You know what, you're just creating a lot of waves that are unnecessary; just teach the Gospel.'"
Yeah. He said that. And as Good As You blogger Jeremy Hooper (who also found the video above) points out, in addition to being stunningly offensive, Greear's statement is also incredibly ironic: the Baptist Church broke apart in 1845, and the Southern Baptist Convention -- Greear's own denomination -- split off, specifically because of its support for slavery.
Notwithstanding Greear's blatant historical revisionism, the Southern Baptists were on the wrong side of the slavery issue in 1861 and they're on the wrong side of the homosexuality issue in 2014. Let's just hope that this time it doesn't take them 164 years to admit it.