For some time now, friends have been asking me to weigh in on the controversies surrounding critical race theory and the larger questions of biblical and social justice. But I have been waiting and watching rather than writing because: 1) I wanted to understand exactly what people meant by critical race theory, and 2) I wanted to have something constructive to add to the discussion.
Earlier this week, I interviewed Joe Dallas, a respected leader in the ex-gay movement and author of a new book titled Christians in a Cancel Culture. He argued that we must take a strong stand against the evils of racism, addressing any manifestations of it in our society, while strongly opposing movements like BLM or ideologies like critical race theory. (For the record, Joe is white.)
A few months back, I interviewed Chris Broussard, a well-known TV and radio sports commentator but also a respected church leader with an important men’s ministry. He advocated for the church to lead the way in making reparations for past sins that have resulted in still-lingering consequences for African Americans. (For the record, Chris is Black.)
As I tracked responses to these broadcasts, especially to the interview with Chris, since it’s been posted online longer, I saw that, for the most part, both “sides” entrenched themselves more deeply, reacting more than responding.
It even got to the point where some white Christians were accusing their Black brothers and sisters of being sold-out liberals, while some Black Christians were saying that their white brothers and sisters were not even Christians at all. So much for advancing the conversation and fostering deeper unity, understanding and positive action.
How, then, do we move forward? How do we act righteously and biblically while trying not to appear to be woke? And how do we address genuine blind spots without capitulating to cancel culture?
Let me offer four basic proposals. The first three are fairly simple and straightforward. The fourth needs to be unpacked.
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SOURCE: CBN News, Michael Brown