ROGERS (KFSM)- Cross Church Senior Pastor, and Southern Baptist Convention president, Dr. Ronnie Floyd is urging President Obama to take action against the terror organization called The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in an open letter posted on Floyd's blog Monday (March 2).
In the letter, Floyd writes that ISIS threatens world peace in a way that hasn't been seen since the Nazis of World War II, so he and the former presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention are calling upon the President "to use the influence and power of your distinguished office to take the necessary actions now in this urgent hour to bring an end to these human atrocities."
Floyd also writes that he and the other presidents are praying for President Obama and assure him that he will have "the unequivocal support of the vast majority of America's largest, and some say most multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, Protestant denomination in America."
To read the full letter, click here.
"We are doing what we can to bring an end to this ISIS crisis," Floyd said.
Floyd said the "necessary action" he mentions in the letter includes going to war.
"War should never be our first choice," Floyd said. "There are times where war has to be done. Things have to occur. If that is what is going to take to bring finality to [ISIS], then obviously the president is going to have to decide that."
Floyd said it's important for him and the presidents before him to tell President Obama they support him.
"We are calling upon him to take greater leadership," Floyd said. "Please do something. Not later, but now. Not tomorrow, but today."
Floyd said his church will continue to pray for President Obama, no matter what actions he decides to take against ISIS.
"Baptists have forever been people who are committed to religious freedom," he said. "We are committed to religious freedom at home, as well as religious freedom around the world. So, that is what we are doing, and that is what we are standing for here."
Cross Church has campuses in Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Neosho, Missouri.