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In Naka-Choko, when Margot tells Hannibal that if there is no male Verger heir that the Verger estate goes to the Southern Baptist Convention (the governing body of the Southern Baptist denomination) so much about their relationship to one another – and to their father – fell into place for me.  mostly as I am a woman raised in the Southern Baptist Church and feel a kinship with Margot.

While I had intended to write an extensive post regarding the Vergers and the Southern Baptist Convention, I believe these quotes taken from the SBC website need no editorial comments from me:

“God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption.

“Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. … The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation… Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage.

“All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society… in the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death…”

[emphasis added]