The Southern Baptist Convention elected its first black president, Fred Luter, last week. This was a historic event. The Southern Baptist Convention was founded in 1845 when it separated from its Northern brethren over the issue of slavery. The Baptists in the South wanted to appoint a fellow Baptist as a missionary. The problem with this was that he was a slave owner.
The electing of Fred Luter coincides with the United States electing its first president, Barack Obama. These historic events are encouraging because it shows we have come a long way from slavery days. We do not live in Eden, however. Each of us battles with racism inside ourselves. The greatness of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it can help us become truly reconciled with each other if we let it.
See the link below for an article on Luter's election by a Louisiana writer, Luter's home state.