Last night, CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired a timely rerun – the rebroadcast of much of an earlier piece on the refugee resettlement program that Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta has been engaged in.
Members are currently helping 10 families in metro Atlanta: one Iranian Christian refugee family and nine Syrian Muslim refugee families.
On GBP’s “Political Rewind” this afternoon, host Bill Nigut and I were able to build on that. We brought in the Rev. Bryant Wright, senior pastor of Johnson Ferry and a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and asked for his reaction to President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority states, including Iran and Syria. If you missed the live broadcast, listen here:
Elsewhere, a ranking Southern Baptist official on Monday called on Trump to resume the resettlement of Syrian refugees as quickly possible, and also asked the president to affirm his commitment to help people of all faiths.
It’s not just theology. There is a practicality to this request. More below, but the Baptist official is worried that Christian missionaries abroad might be targeted in retaliation.
So back to the beginning. Here’s what Wright had to say:
“It’s been very disappointing… Part of that is because Johnson Ferry has been so involved in ministry to Syrian refugees – really going to ministries that are headquartered in Beirut and Amman, Jordan. We’ve been partnering with those ministries for years – before we had the Syrian family refugee families that we have helped and are still helping in the re-settling process.