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Raleigh pastor: Black leader exactly what Southern Baptists need

Posted June 24, 2012

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— Raleigh pastor Rev. Don Cashwell has been a Southern Baptist all his life, but he never supported the denomination's views on slavery, segregation and white supremacy.

He said he hopes the recent election of the Southern Baptist Convention's first black leader will put an end to racial division in the church and usher in a new chapter.

Cashwell said Rev. Fred Luter, a pastor in New Orleans, excites Southern Baptists with his enthusiasm, leadership and vision.

"Not only do I think he's qualified for it, I think he has exactly what we need as Southern Baptists at this point in our lives," Cashwell said.

When he joined the ministry in 1972, Cashwell invited some black people to his church. At that time, the convention was made up entirely of white people.

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"(We) were told very quickly that, should they attend, we'd be the first ones asked to leave the church because of it," he said.

But, 40 years later, a lot has changed. Though Cashwell's church, Creedmoor Road Southern Baptist, is still a predominantly white church, James and Katrina Levine, who are black, said they felt accepted from day one.

"It doesn't feel any different than when I was in an all-black church, being here in a not so multicultural church," Katrina Levine said.

She said Luter's election is a sign that the convention is moving forward.

"I say, keep it moving so that we can all come together and do what's right as far as serving God," Levine said.

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  • piene2 Jun 25, 2012

    "Of course, I guess it will take another 40+ years for gays?

    It's amazing how an "inspired" book can slow mental evolution.
    hereandnow99"

    A hundred years for black gays.

  • murdock Jun 25, 2012

    Rev Luter was voted in because of his actions as a man of God, not because of his color. And Southern Baptists had Condeleeza Rice at a prior national convention. So race is NOT an issue.

  • loveapex Jun 25, 2012

    They should choose whoever is most qualified, regardless of the color of their skin.

    I don't know why they chose who they did, but we all know regardless of our color that there are quotas to be met. Those quotas do make it impossible for anyone to know if the best person has been hired for the job - not only race, but gender. Applications should be blind - no name or identifying information - a number for the process.

  • laurenfedorov Jun 25, 2012

    They should choose whoever is most qualified, regardless of the color of their skin.

  • loveapex Jun 25, 2012

    Wow, this is so rascist!

    Which part? There is racism everywhere - blacks, whites, hispanics, asians - some people are racist and some are not. Call it what it is regardless of the mouth it comes from !!

  • ims1924 Jun 25, 2012

    bstrickland1968/ I agree with you 100%. This has been happening for years now and it's time for it to stop. Throw PC out the window and let th best man win.

  • bstrickland1968 Jun 25, 2012

    Wow, this is so rascist! I was thinking the guy was chosen based on his experience and qualifications. Being chosen because he is black is no less rascist than if he had been not chosen because he is black. The sooner we start leaving skin color (positive or negative) out of it, the sooner rascism will be a thing of the past.

  • Jun 25, 2012

    What's the difference between a Baptist and a Methodist?

    A Methodist will speak to you at the liquor store.

  • loveapex Jun 25, 2012

    So if a white person was the "leader" there would be claims of racisim but now because its a black person, its ok....funny how that works.

    Funny? mmmm, maybe sad. That is how it works, at least right now among our so-called leaders anyways. Some of us talk about it and we should.

    PS - Don't be Angry one - we have enough Angry people on here

  • johnny2times Jun 25, 2012

    So if a white person was the "leader" there would be claims of racisim but now because its a black person, its ok....funny how that works.

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