Critical Race Theory: An Evangelist’s View

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become an ideology permeating the world at large. It claims to seek equality by destroying the foundation that holds many societies together. It does this by accentuating the negative aspects of the human condition and isolating various people groups.

From the perspective of a Christian Thinker and Evangelist, I have come to the realization that CRT has no place in the Christian Church. I reached this conclusion by listening to those whom claim to speak for the movement and the careful study of the various definitions of CRT.

As with all secular ideologies, CRT, by design, has no room for repentance, reconciliation, or restoration. One need only read the “basic tenets” of CRT as found in the book Critical Race Theory: An Introduction to find that the author and designer of the concept places no room for individuals, who have been branded as racist, to repent, try to be reconciled, or to be given the opportunity to restore relationships. As found in the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Critical race theory (CRT),  intellectual movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color. Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.

In their work Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, first published in 2001, the legal scholars Richard Delgado (one of the founders of CRT) and Jean Stefancic discuss several general propositions that they claim would be accepted by many critical race theorists, despite the considerable variation of belief among members of the movement. These “basic tenets” of CRT, according to the authors, include the following claims: (1) Race is socially constructed, not biologically natural. (2) Racism in the United States is normal, not aberrational: it is the common, ordinary experience of most people of color. (3) Owing to what critical race theorists call “interest convergence” or “material determinism,” legal advances (or setbacks) for people of color tend to serve the interests of dominant white groups. Thus, the racial hierarchy that characterizes American society may be unaffected or even reinforced by ostensible improvements in the legal status of oppressed or exploited people. (4) Members of minority groups periodically undergo “differential radicalization,” or the attribution to them of varying sets of negative stereotypes, again depending on the needs or interests of whites. (5) According to the thesis of “intersectionality” or “anti-essentialism,” no individual can be adequately identified by membership in a single group. An African American person, for example, may also identify as a woman, a lesbian, a feminist, a Christian, and so on. Finally, (6) the “voice of color” thesis holds that people of color are uniquely qualified to speak on behalf of other members of their group (or groups) regarding the forms and effects of racism. This consensus has led to the growth of the “legal story telling” movement, which argues that the self-expressed views of victims of racism and other forms of oppression provide essential insight into the nature of the legal system

https://www.britannica.com/topic/critical-race-theory

Notice how it is only the white race that is in need of change. Minority groups are seen as perpetual victims. When it comes to the Gospel, all have sinned and fallen short of the kingdom of God (Roan 3:23).

However, CRT defines the concept of sin to be a white construct to keep minorities from prospering. It deconstructs the Judeo-Christian ethic, and replaces it with a humanistic progressive liberal view of morality. Thus, all forms of debauchery is allowed, as long as the one doing it is a member of an “oppressed” group.

Christianity is seen as a hindrance. When properly adhered to, Christianity is the great unifier. One need only read Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10 to find that every knee shall bow to Christ.

The Scriptures speak of those who seek to use CRT to justify their claims of inequality. Jude 16; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:24; 1 Timothy 5:21; James 2:1, 9 speak to favoritism and partiality. The sixth step in the CRT state that only a member of a race can speak for that race.

My final thoughts. CRT is fundamentally antichrist! All of the six steps, as laid out in Critical Race Theory: An Introduction leaves no room for repentance, reconciliation, or restoration.

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Why Do Christians Support Pedophiles?

Why do Christians refuse to investigate what their monies support? Netflix’s Cuties is a pedophilic show. The state of Texas has filed charges against them over its content.

The question that asked in the title is apropos. Who do Christians support pedophiles? More to the point, why do they not care what their money goes to support.

 

When Is Racism Not Racism?

I find it interesting how, it seems, racism can not be done against a white person. I have been pulled into my manager’s office, on multiple occasions and told, “You’ve done nothing wrong, but stop it!” I have seen my coworkers not do their jobs, and I am the one being told to stop doing the job.It has gotten so bad that I was threatened with bodily harm this weekend, and the manger and the supervisor failed to show up. You would think that students making threats to harm someone would be investigated by security. Apparently, not when it’s the white guy.I would not get away with saying, or doing to another race what have been happening to me. I am not going to be bullied, or intimidated into doing that which is wrong. Scripture is clear on this.

Cultural Discernment

When dealing with secular culture, you must alway pray for discernment. It possess its own language, traditions, and concepts that will have the Christian lamb’s head spinning. Those who are not prepared to encounter it will fall for its traps.

Scripture vs. Interpretation

When applying Romans 13, are we to abide by the Constitution, or the false interpretation of it?

That question is very similar to Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisee about divorce.

Mat 19:1  Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.
Mat 19:2  And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
Mat 19:3  And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?”
Mat 19:4  He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female,
Mat 19:5  and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
Mat 19:6  So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Mat 19:7  They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?”
Mat 19:8  He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Mat 19:9  And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

Which statement is greater, Scripture or Man’s interpretation of it?

Refusing to Grow Up

Hebrews 5:11-14 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.  For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. 

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Heb 5:11–14.

Many copies of scripture title this portion of the Book of Hebrews as “Warning Against Apostasy.” There have been several prominent “Christian” leaders, entertainers, and influencers publicly renouncing their faith in Jesus, in the last few years. The author of Hebrews clearly speaks to why these people turn so easily from the truth. They simply refuse to grow up.

They make it very clear that they cannot bring themselves to believe that the God of the Christian Scriptures will send “good” people to hell for their sins. They have never come to the the realization that God judges everyone based on actions. That truth is found in Jesus’ own words as He states in Matthew 10:34-39.

Matthew 10:34-36 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Mt 10:34–36.

Jesus Clearly speaks of conflict within households. He never speak of bringing peace. Jesus continues to by defining why there will be this conflict.

Matthew 10:37-39 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Mt 10:37–39.

Those who have fallen away are simply defined as those who love their fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters more than Him. They simply found the taking of the cross too much to bear. They liked the simplicity of the milk and found the meat to tough to consume.

They refused to be weaned. As the author of Hebrews says, “11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.

You will say that many of these who had fallen away were authors, speaks, teacher, pastors of large churches, and influenced many in the name of Jesus. We must remember what Jesus said in Luke 13, when answering the question “Lord, will those who are saved be few?”

Luke 13:24-27 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Lk 13:24–27.

It doesn’t matter what their positions were. They are “workers of evil.” They sought an easy Gospel, and found that the cross too much for them to bear.

So, when the author of Hebrews says that they are dull of hearing, he is addressing their refusal to understand the Gospel. He expected them to be teachers, but they have to have the same basic principle taught to them over and over again. I find it amazing how surveys conducted about the spiritual condition of the church show a steady decline in the biblical literacy, and yet the leadership within the church refuse to change their teaching methods.

I proclaimed Jesus as the LORD of my life, when I was 14. Soon after, I was introduced to the concept of culture and tradition over Scripture. I learned of how racist some churches are, and how they ensure that only those who comply with their cultural and traditional ways of doing things get their support.

This became apparent when I confessed God’s call on my life to go into ministry. The pastor said, “Well, He didn’t tell me!” I was told later that his reaction was because he did not think that I was born again, due to my having brought black people in to the church.

That is an example of a church that refuses to grow up. It has grown dull in hearing, stuck in its culture and tradition, and, also, refuses to be weaned. The author of Hebrews states it best, ” 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

It has become evident that the church has lost much of its ability to discern write from wrong. Many in the upper-echelon of the Christian church have stopped fighting the evil that has become more prevalent in recent years. The falling away of many of these leaders is a clear indication of that.

They sought to shape and mold the Gospel to fit society. They found that the Gospel is not something man can bend to his will. God stands as the sovereign of His creation, and removes all obstacles.

Romans8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ro 8:31.

It is my prayer that you move from the milk of the Word to the meat. Be sober-minded, and grow up in the Gospel. It is only by growing can one be trained to properly discern good from evil.

Delusion: Illegal Immigrants

One of the biggest delusions within the evangelical community surrounds the issue of illegal immigration. Many are deluded in to believing that it is not a crime to break in to the United States. Those in the evangelical community, who are making money off the this criminal behavior, ignore the Gospel’s clear mandate that we are not to condone, or be enablers with sin.

However, they justify their actions by twisting the Gospel, by miss interpreting Matthew 22:39. They clearly are deluded by the propaganda placed in front of them. You can tell this when they respond to the questions about a person breaking into their homes.

They are ok with it being someone else’s problem. The feel morally justified by their willingness to say they are ok with it. They completely forget that they are being enablers with sinners.

The Ten Commandments are a simple set of commands given by God to Moses. Many Evangelicals try their hardest to keep them. However, they seem to think it is not ok for them to enforce them when dealing with others.

By not enforcing, or putting forth a great effort to live by the Ten Commandments, the evangelical community are guilty of the crimes that come with that complacency. They say they are against human trafficking, murder, theft, fornication, lying, and desiring what their neighbor possess, but they do not do anything to stop these practices being done by others. Let us look at five of the ten commandments that are being ignored.

Exo 20:13  “You shall not murder.

Exo 20:14  “You shall not commit adultery.

Exo 20:15  “You shall not steal.

Exo 20:16  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Exo 20:17  “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

If we are not to do these sins, what make you think that we are to promote these sins? If we are to make disciples of all people, what makes you think that you can promote sinful behaviors? By being enables, we are guilty of all the blood shed by the illegal, the lies they have to use to stay, the resources stollen, the children born to the unmarried, and the continual desire to illegally cross to obtain that which their neighbor has.