The Birmingham News reports…
“The headline-making remark from a conference Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Nashville, on how Evangelical Christians can do more to win America with kindness, reconciliation and authentic engagement with the gospel of Jesus will likely be a toss-off quip by Erick Erickson, editor of RedState.com and host of tonight’s Fox News Republican presidential candidate debate. It did not come across as either kind or conciliatory.
“I don’t think the culture war is over primarily because the people who appear to be the victors right now are the least likely to procreate. We will eventually breed them out of existence demographically. So the culture war continues, and will continue,” Erickson said to the day’s loudest burst of laughter from the 450 or so ministers, seminarians and church leaders gathered at the Gospel & Politics national conference of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
“And I don’t mean to be flippant by that statement,” Erickson said as the laughter died down. “But if you look at the demographic trends in this country, over the next 50 years the country will be filled with young Christian Hispanic families who listen to country music. Demographically, they’re our people.”
Given that projection, the gathering itself looked like the past, not the future. The conference featured 20 speakers with experience in politics and religion and church leadership, including David Platt, formerly lead pastor of Birmingham’s The Church at Brook Hills and current president of the SBC’s International Mission Board. Of the day’s 20 speakers, 16 were white men, two were Hispanic preachers, and two were white women. The mix reflected the general demographics of the attendees, a lack of diversity that the Southern Baptist Convention has said it is confronting….”