Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land to Address ‘Racism, Social Justice and the Gospel’ at Annual Apologetics Conference
Michael Brown, Alisa Childers, Gary Habermas, Chip Ingram, Stephen Meyer, Jeff Myers, Hugh Ross, Frank Turek and More Converge in Charlotte for SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics Oct. 11-12
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Words like racism, social justice and cultural appropriation have made their way back in the American vernacular, and at the upcoming National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) from Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), these matters will be addressed from a biblical worldview perspective.
Set for Oct. 11-12 at Calvary Church in Charlotte, SES’s well-known two-day event will bring together some of the nation’s best minds to address the most pressing cultural and religious issues of our day. Registration is already setting records for the conference, with the theme of “Why Truth Still Matters.” It is an annual destination for longtime attendees, while new attendees discover SES and this powerful event every year. For 26 years, SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics has provided Christians with the tools, knowledge and motivation to defend their beliefs in a culture that is sometimes hostile toward Christianity.
At the conference, SES President Dr. Richard Land will serve as one of the plenary speakers, with his address titled, “Racism, Social Justice and the Gospel: How Should Christians Respond?” The talk, he said, will call on Christians to be salt and light in the world, while also rejecting identity politics.
“As Christians, we must understand that each and every human being is of incalculable value to God,” he said. “He created every one of us as the unique, never to be duplicated, human being that each of us is. And, He sent His Son to die to redeem each and every one of us.
“Unfortunately, one of the least attractive aspects of our fallen humanity is the pronounced tendency to disparage and discriminate against those who are dissimilar from ourselves,” he continued. “Discrimination based on our divinely designed differences is always wrong, is in essence a revolt against God’s divine purpose, and must be rejected by Christians. Emphasizing ‘identity politics’ focuses on our differences and is destructive, dangerous and wrong. Our national motto is ‘E Pluribus Unum’—‘out of many, one’; not ‘out of one, many.’
“We should celebrate our diversity—after all, we are the only nation in world history founded not on ethnicity but on the noble idea ‘that all men are created equal.’ One can acknowledge that racism has always been a part of our culture and has impacted us in very negative ways, without accepting the idea that we are ‘defined’ by racism. No nation founded on the belief that all men are created equal can be defined by racism.
“America is a far richer and more exciting culture because it is a beautiful, multi-faceted tapestry reflecting the influences of all the differing peoples who have come here. It has impacted our music, literature and vocabulary as together we have shared and been influenced by one another. We should celebrate our shared experiences as Americans—not define and divide ourselves by our differences.
“When it comes to social justice, being salt and light means speaking out against injustices,” Land concluded. “But we should speak on behalf of people—not groups. The salt of the law can change actions, behaviors and habits, but only the light of the Gospel can change attitudes, beliefs and hearts. If we are going to wrestle racism to the ground and eradicate it, it won’t be done by government, but by the eternal truth of the Gospel that can change hearts.”
Besides Land, speakers at the 2019 conference next month will also include Michael Brown, Alisa Childers, Gary Habermas, Chip Ingram, Stephen Meyer, Jeff Myers, Hugh Ross, Frank Turek and many others. The conference will also include a special tribute to Dr. Norman Geisler, SES’s co-founder, longtime professor and President Emeritus, who passed away July 1.
Tickets for the 2019 NCCA are on sale now. Ticket add-ons such as a free prospective student luncheon and the “Reasons to Believe VIP Experience” are also available. For information or to register, visit conference.ses.edu.