This video is an important conversation every Christian needs to hear. While we all should support real justice for black Americans and be for police reform, we must also be discerning about the agenda and ideology behind social justice movements today. I’ve talked about this here, here, and here. This interview is with two Christian leaders that I highly respect— Sean Feucht and Ryan Bomberger.
Sean and Ryan discuss these hard issues and examine the “underbellies” of what’s behind the agenda of these movements. Feucht summarizes what they talk about here:
“The Gospel of Jesus not the Gospel of Wokeness – Ryan Bomberger & I talk “Wokeness,” Back Lives Matter, White Privilege, Systematic Racism, Trump & True Reconciliation.”
They pose critical questions that we must grapple with as believers. Ryan gives some insights for white Christians who may be struggling with how they can be for justice and support our black brothers and sisters without succumbing to an agenda that, as Bomberger puts it, “rejects our theology in its entirety.”
Bomberger makes an interesting connection between the civil rights movement of the 60s and what we’re seeing today. On one end of the civil rights spectrum was Martin Luther King and on the other end was Malcolm X and the Black Power movement. They were two diametrically opposed worldviews, even though both were for racial justice. The former was Christian in principle, the latter was very much not. The latter promoted riots, violence and anarchy, the former did not. We see the same opposing views today under the moniker “social justice” or activism. This is what makes navigating these important issues so confusing, and why it’s critically important that we understand the ideologies behind the movements we want to support.
Bomberger also points out that our nation will be healed when the church talks about these issues from a healing perspective that can only come from the God of unity, not one that one that only focuses on our skin color. This is because, as Paul said, love is what binds us all together in perfect unity:
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Col.3:12-14 NIV)
Finally, Bomberger appeals to white Christians who may jump in headlong on this issue without first investigating it. To put it his words, “Stop acting without knowing!” Then later he said, “You cannot have justice without truth.” He says not to supplant the Word of God with worldly knowledge (like Critical Race Theory).
The interview is long, but well worth watching. They share a lot of wisdom that can help us navigate these issues as believers. If true justice that brings healing and unity is important to you, then you should watch it in its entirety. It’s that important. I pray you watch it with an open heart and a discerning spirit.