GREENSBORO (BP)--Without America’s moral leadership, the world could easily descend into chaos and despotism, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said June 14 at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.
“The weight of international leadership is not borne easily,” Rice said, “but we as Americans are more than equal to this challenge, and we must be, for if we imagine a world without American leadership we are led inescapably to this solemn conclusion: If America does not serve great purposes, if we do not rally other nations to fight intolerance and support peace and defend freedom, and to help give all hope who suffer oppression, then our world will drift toward tragedy.”
|U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice enjoys the enthusiastic applause of Southern Baptist messengers after her June 14 appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C. To her left is SBC President Bobby Welch, who is also the pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. Photo by Van Payne |
American inaction will result in the strong abusing the weak and inevitable threats “to the very heart of our nation,” Rice said.
The secretary’s 30-minute address followed videotaped comments from President Bush the previous day. Rice thanked Southern Baptists for their acts of compassion in southern Asia after the 2005 earthquake and tsunami; in Africa, where Southern Baptists are drilling wells and caring for AIDS patients; and in recent disaster relief efforts at home. Read More