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Steve Ballew is executive director of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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Current events have left Steve Ballew, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s executive director, “broken,” “angry,” and “ashamed.” He released the following personal statement about the Southern Baptist Convention’s Sexual Abuse Task Force report. The SATF released its report this past Sunday, May 22. For context, Ballew issued his statement a day after a shooter killed 19 children and two adults at a school in Uvalde, Texas, May 24. That event influenced his comments about the SATF report.

“My heart is broken today. It is difficult to process another elementary school shooting. As of this morning, 19 children and two adults are counted as senselessly slaughtered.

We live in a world broken by sin. While politicians and news pundits will debate various solutions, the one solution they will miss is the spiritual solution.

The church desperately needs revival. The world around us needs a spiritual awakening. May this event drive us to our knees before the only One who can affect real and lasting change. We must admit our impotence and seek the omnipotence of our great God.

I am blown away by the courage of the two teachers killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Early reports indicate that Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia gave their lives protecting and shielding students. “No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 CSB). 

Simultaneously, I am angry and ashamed at leaders within my own Southern Baptist family. We learned earlier this week that men within the Executive Committee of the SBC developed a pattern of ignoring and downplaying claims of sexual abuse within SBC churches. These men did exactly the opposite of these brave teachers in Texas. These men sheltered and cowered behind the screen of liability, while children and women suffered at the hands of abusers. 

I am grateful for the work of Guidepost Solutions and the Sexual Abuse Task Force for bringing out into the open these disgraceful acts.  I am optimistically prayerful that the messengers who gather in Anaheim in June will be presented with recommendations that will move us forward to a day when we with integrity can testify that we are doing all that we can to protect everyone in our care. 

I still believe Southern Baptists have a significant place in the harvest fields. May we covenant together to be better and to do better as from our brokenness we share the Good News.” 

Information about the SBC’s Sexual Abuse Task Force and its report are available at GoBNM.com/EC. The task force investigated allegations of how the national convention’s Executive Committee had mishandled ministerial sexual abuse claims and contacts it received.

Current events have left Steve Ballew, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s executive director, “broken,” “angry,” and “ashamed.” He released the following personal statement about the Southern Baptist Convention’s Sexual Abuse Task Force report. The SATF released its report this past Sunday, May 22. For context, Ballew issued his statement a day after a shooter killed 19 children and two adults at a school in Uvalde, Texas, May 24. That event influenced his comments about the SATF report.

“My heart is broken today. It is difficult to process another elementary school shooting. As of this morning, 19 children and two adults are counted as senselessly slaughtered.

We live in a world broken by sin. While politicians and news pundits will debate various solutions, the one solution they will miss is the spiritual solution.

The church desperately needs revival. The world around us needs a spiritual awakening. May this event drive us to our knees before the only One who can affect real and lasting change. We must admit our impotence and seek the omnipotence of our great God.

I am blown away by the courage of the two teachers killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Early reports indicate that Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia gave their lives protecting and shielding students. “No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 CSB). 

Simultaneously, I am angry and ashamed at leaders within my own Southern Baptist family. We learned earlier this week that men within the Executive Committee of the SBC developed a pattern of ignoring and downplaying claims of sexual abuse within SBC churches. These men did exactly the opposite of these brave teachers in Texas. These men sheltered and cowered behind the screen of liability, while children and women suffered at the hands of abusers. 

I am grateful for the work of Guidepost Solutions and the Sexual Abuse Task Force for bringing out into the open these disgraceful acts.  I am optimistically prayerful that the messengers who gather in Anaheim in June will be presented with recommendations that will move us forward to a day when we with integrity can testify that we are doing all that we can to protect everyone in our care. 

I still believe Southern Baptists have a significant place in the harvest fields. May we covenant together to be better and to do better as from our brokenness we share the Good News.” 

Information about the SBC’s Sexual Abuse Task Force and its report are available at GoBNM.com/EC. The task force investigated allegations of how the national convention’s Executive Committee had mishandled ministerial sexual abuse claims and contacts it received.

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