Did you ever find yourself just dumbfounded when you see people accusing others of racism while making blatantly racist statements themselves, like BLM activist Monica Cannon-Grant’s tirade against interracial marriages that would make David Duke and Adolf Hitler proud? Or, you witness people looting and burning buildings and committing acts of violence while protesting against violence? Welcome to the worldview of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT/I). As believers, we should care about all social injustices, but from a Biblical point of view, which this is not.
I hesitate to even bring this up because some will react based on their political tribalism. But I’m not talking about your political affiliation, I’m talking about two incompatible worldviews. And, as a leader of a local church and follower of Christ, I must speak out when I see Christians embracing cultural ideologies that are not according to Christ. As believers, our priority must always be Christ over culture. And while our battle is not against people, but against principalities and spiritual powers, it’s also against arguments and pretensions that blind the minds of people to the freedom that Christ offers all people (Eph.6:12; 2 Cor.4:4).
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor.10:3-5 NIV*)
As we find ourselves in the heat of an election year, terms like “systemic racism” and “white supremacy” flow very easily out of the mouths of people who are either ignorant of what these terms actually mean, or they want you to bend to their political will.
What’s particularly difficult about grappling with ideas like CRT/I is that, on the surface, they sound like something Jesus would be for. After all, isn’t Jesus for the oppressed? This might be why many Christians like Beth Moore are tweeting these ideologies in the name of Christ. By the way, her statement about name-calling here is quite ironic in light of her sweeping generalizations that smacks of hypocritical virtue-signalling.
Can I say something while we’re here. Don’t be Twitter-led, be Spirit led! Not everything your favorite Christian leader says is necessary based in sound biblical theology. We’re all fallible humans “seeing through a glass darkly.” We must remain humble and teachable, and our minds must be reshaped and transformed by Holy Spirit, not culture.
2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. (Rom.12:2 TPT*)
So, apparently, you’re a racist and proponent of white supremacy now, not because you think your race is superior to another (which is the definition), but because you may not agree with a political ideology. On that note, here’s a video where Candace Owens exposes the agenda behind statement like white supremacy before Congress.
In fact, CRT/I has become so pervasive in our cultural narrative that it made it on a recent resolution with the Southern Baptist Convention that has created quite a stir within the denomination.
Three reasons why Critical Theory is not compatible with Christ
So, how are these societal theories not compatible with Christ? I offer a short video by “What Would You Say” that summed up what I believe are the main reasons why.
The video answers the statement, “Since God cares about the oppressed, Christians should embrace critical theory, because it’s trying to eliminate oppression too.”
To summarize the video: with Critical Theory, everyone is broken up into groups based on race, gender, etc. The degree to which you are “oppressed” determines your level of moral authority. For instance, a black lesbian woman has more moral authority than a black woman, who has more moral authority than a black man, who has more moral authority than a white women, who has more than a white man. In simplistic terms, Intersectionality determines how to navigate levels of moral authority as these groups intersect in culture.
In addition to this, the more “oppressed” someone is, according to this scale, the less moral responsibility they have. Those who aren’t part of the “oppressed” group gain moral authority by surrendering to those who have it. This is called being “woke.”
Hopefully, this helps to explain why an “oppressed” person can call alleged “oppressor” groups racist while making blatantly racist statements themselves.
Here are the three reasons why Critical Theory is not compatible with the Christian worldview, according to this video presentation:
- Critical Theory offers a different view of humanity than Christianity. Critical Theory says that our identity as human beings is rooted in race and gender, but the Bible says we’re created in God’s own image (Gen.1:26). Christian theology actually says the opposite of Critical Theory, that there’s no distinction between class, gender, or race (Gal.3:28). Where Critical Theory separates us into groups of either the oppressor or the oppressed, the Bible says that we’re all equal before God.
- Critical Theory offers a different view of sin than Christianity. The Bible identifies sin as anything that violates God’s design for people, including unjust oppression of other people, but Critical Theory only identifies sin as oppression of other groups of people. Thus, its advocates would see biblical practices such as discipleship, correction, leadership, and reproof as sinful assertions of power if the speaker is among the oppressors, and would excuse sins like jealousy, anger, hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, or envy among the oppressed. But, according to Scripture, we’re all guilty before God regardless of social status, race, or gender (Rom.3:23-24). Therefore, because Critical Theory gets the problem wrong, it also gets the solution wrong.
- Critical Theory offers a different view of salvation than Christianity. According to a Christian worldview, salvation and forgiveness of sin is found by turning from sin and putting faith in Jesus Christ (Eph.1:7; 2:8). Because Critical Theory teaches that oppressors are guilty and the oppressed are not, salvation is based on social liberation, not through Christ. Their hope is only through activism.
In other words, Critical Theory has a completely different understanding of who we are, what the problem is, and how to fix it.
Let me add that as soon as we separate people into “oppressed” and oppressor” groups, we are embracing a Marxist ideology, not a Christian one. The truth that makes all people free, regardless of race or gender or social status, is found in Christ. And when we find ourselves in Him, we will see each other there, too.
23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:23 NIV*)
I will close by saying that civil rights leader, Martin Luther King DID advocate a Christian worldview when he looked to the day our children would “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Beloved, if we say we’re following Christ, THIS is where we should “outlast them” in the war of ideas.