Dead Words

June 15, 2006

Yesterday the Southern Baptist Convention overwhelmingly adopted a resolution condemning the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. While that is a great stand, the resolution is meaningless. Not only are resolutions non-binding, but the SBC is not putting its money where its mouth is.

As I pointed out in an Ethics Daily article last week, GuideStone Financial Resources (the SBC's annuity board) is heavily invested in companies that do business in Sudan. Such business operations help the government, which is financing the Janjaweed militias responsible for the genocide. The article pointed out that despite previous resolutions condemning the genocide, the SBC was supporting those responsible for the genocide.

Rather than changing their investments, the SBC simply passed another resolution. Yet, as James reminds us, "faith without works is dead." Words with actions are just as dead and meaningless.