America's Largest Protestant Denomination & the Culture War
Southern Baptist cultural engagement has been something like country musician Loretta Lynn's first visit to the Nixon White House. Greeting the president in the reception line, Lynn reportedly blurted out, "Good morning, Richard." When horrified White House personnel informed her later that she should not have referred to the president by his first name, Lynn is said to have replied, "Well, they called Jesus 'Jesus,' didn't they?"
The counterculture celebrated her words as a feminist-populist protest against hierarchical distinctions. In fact, the coal miner's daughter simply didn't know what else to say. When confronted with American sexual libertarianism and public-square secularization, Southern Baptists committed to biblical orthodoxy have spoken reflexively from intuitions rooted in a biblically informed worldview. They were not pushing a "religious right" political program. They just didn't know what else to say.
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