How should the evangelical church help to "solve this race problem?" The answer is the same as it was 50 years ago: not just by sparking a "national conversation," but by examining our hearts and reforming our laws. That is how we start to reconcile that segregated Sunday morning.
The most concerted effort to challenge church segregation was launched during the first half of the 1960s, when the same young people who were integrating lunch counters, parks and libraries took aim at white churches.
The public rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Jr., never welcomed gays. But this does not mean that it is right for Southern Baptists to fault homosexual rights activists for appropriating the rhetoric of the civil rights movement led by King.