A Response to Resolution # 7 from the SCV Chaplain
While I do not believe that the language is strong enough, nor the resolve determined enough, I recognize the need for using honey rather than vinegar. I agree with the end result, that we should pay no attention to the foolishness of Resolution #7 and sohould continue to display the Confederate Battle Flag with pride, and to DEFEND the exhibition of the Confederate Battle Flag in public places and at memorials, and that we should resolve to further understanding and education of the true meaning behind this symbol for which our ancestors fought and died. Too many that claim to be Confederate, have become altogether soft and complacent, and as so, are weapons of destruction against our heritage in the hands of our enemies. Yes, we should follow this resolution, but even further, everywhere a flag is taken down, we MUST ensure that TEN MORE are raised in its place. We are charged with the defense of the name and the honor of our ancestors, and when we stand by and do nothing when a flag comes down, or just write a letter, we have failed and can no longer be called Confederates. Fight and Defend, or go join an Elks club/history society.
A Response to Resolution # 7
Southern Baptist Convention
“On Sensitivity and Unity Regarding the Confederate Battle Flag”
To quote: “We recognize that the Confederate battle flag is … perceived by many as a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and racism.”
- Whereas the history of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has been inextricably tied to the Confederacy and her heirs for over a century and a half;
- Whereas many Southern soldiers influenced by the great spiritual revival that swept through the Southern camps during the War were influential in the starting and supporting of many Southern Baptist Churches throughout the South;
- Whereas many Southern Baptist pulpit expositors, as well as seminary professors, who left their mark in the area of Biblical thought and world view, served as Confederate chaplains and men of arms as well;
- Whereas thousands of SCV members are members of Southern Baptist Churches and many Southern Baptist Churches have cultivated great relationships with SCV camps by opening their facilities for regular meetings, special occasions, and cemetery memorial services;
- Whereas the Confederate Battle Flag (the Christian Cross of St. Andrew), rather than being a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and racism is the soldiers’ flag used in the fog of battle to identify Southern forces from invading Northern forces;
- Whereas the Scriptures compel us to “honor father and mother” (Exodus 20:12) and to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), we who enjoy Confederate ancestry are bound to tell the Truth of our ancestors fight and flag;
- Whereas the tone of SBC Resolution has the effect of intimidating the consciences of Southern Baptist into holding terribly negative opinions of Confederate symbols;
- Whereas each Southern Baptist Church is autonomous and thus not bound by any resolution of the Convention;
Be it resolved that the Sons of Confederate Veterans call upon Southern Baptist Congregations to ignore the distraction of Southern Baptist Convention, Resolution # 7; and to continue in helping their communities to retain historic truth and to honor the men who rebuilt these communities after a tragic War and devastating reconstruction and to move forward with the priorities of Gospel proclamation, building up the fellowship of Faith and the pursuit of a witness of goodwill.
Ray L. Parker