Lawrence Ware, a black Southern Baptist pastor, wrote a scathing op-ed in the New York Times renouncing his ordination over members support for Donald Trump’s policies and hesitancy to condemn white supremacy.
“As a black scholar of race and a minister who is committed to social justice, I can no longer be part of an organization that is complicit in the disturbing rise of the so-called alt-right, whose members support the abhorrent policies of Donald Trump and whose troubling racial history and current actions reveal a deep commitment to white supremacy,” Ware writes.
“A contingent of predominantly white, old-guard members refused to take the resolution seriously, even while many black and progressive clergy members advocated its adoption. It was not until chaos ensued that a reworded resolution vowing to “decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ” was adopted.”
Lawrence Ware serves as co-director of the Center for Africana Studies at Oklahoma State University, has been an ordained minister at the Southern Baptist Convention for nearly a decade.