An Open Letter to President Barack Obama from Ronnie Floyd and Former Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention
March 2, 2015
Dear President Obama:
Since ISIS is a continuing threat to world peace in a way unknown to us since the Nazis of World War II, we humbly call upon you to use the influence and power of your distinguished office to take the necessary actions now in this urgent hour to bring an end to these human atrocities. The abuse, brutalization, and murder of children, women, and men that is occurring before the world calls our country to lead forward to bring this to an end.
As you do this, please know that we are not only praying for you, but assure you that you will have the unequivocal support of the vast majority of America’s largest, and some say most multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, Protestant denomination in America. The world will applaud your courage and compassion as you defend those that Scripture calls “the least of these.”
Mr. President, just as Esther led forward for the deliverance of the Jews in her day, we believe you also “have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” You have been given an historical moment to lead in protecting the people and the principle of religious freedom in the world. We are praying for you to have wisdom and courage in this hour.
These former presidents of our Convention join me, the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, in making this humble, but urgent appeal to you.
Ronnie Floyd, President
Southern Baptist Convention
|Bailey E. Smith, 1980-1982||Paige Patterson, 1998-2000|
|James T. Draper, Jr., 1982-1984||James Merritt, 2000-2002|
|Charles F. Stanley, 1984-1986||Jack Graham, 2002-2004|
|Jerry Vines, 1988-1990||Bobby Welch, 2004-2006|
|Morris H. Chapman, 1990-1992||Frank S. Page, 2006-2008|
|H. Edwin Young, Sr., 1992-1994||Johnny M. Hunt, 2008-2010|
|James B. Henry, 1994-1996||Bryant Wright, 2010-2012|
|Tom Elliff, 1996-1998||Fred Luter, 2012- 2014|
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