Excuse my creative laziness, but since we had a panel of minorities discussing Black Lives Matters instead of a sermon yesterday, I had two choices. Spend five days in research or Quote. My thoughts sitting in that sermon was This is just like work, but worse. At work I know how to make alliances. At work I know who to avoid.
So let us be clear. Black Lives Matter (the movement) is based on a heresy -- liberation theology and an anti-christian movement, post modern (think Gramsci) communism.
BLM’s ideology is largely fueled by Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Permeated with standpoint epistemology, CRT/I is a growing ideology akin to a religion. Most religions and ideologies present a “gospel,” or a way of salvation-rescue from a perceived problem. In short, CRT/I, whether explicitly or implicitly, teaches that salvation is needed from inherent racism and privilege innate to whiteness. In other words, a swath of humanity is congenitally depraved due to whiteness. Salvation for this population, therefore, is mostly impossible. Like biblical Christianity, CRT/I holds to a standard of righteousness that is unattainable (e.g. “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” Matt. 5:48). Unlike Christianity, CRT/I provides no grace by which righteousness may be imputed by faith (c.f. Rom. 3:21-26). One cannot be objectively declared righteous from whiteness.
Like biblical Christianity, CRT/I holds that those with original sin must experience a change of nature to escape their depraved condition (e.g. “we were by nature children of wrath,” Eph. 2:3). Unlike biblical Christianity, CRT/I provides no ability for a supernatural, new birth out of one’s inherent, natural predicament (cf. John 3:3, 2 Cor. 5:17). You cannot be objectively reborn out of whiteness or privilege.
Like biblical Christianity, CRT/I holds to an individual’s inherent uncleanness due to the stain of original sin (cf. Jer. 2:22, Isa. 64:6). Unlike biblical Christianity, however, CRT/I provides no impeccable substitute or method by which the stain of original sin can be permanently cleansed (cf. Heb. 9:22). You cannot be cleansed by the stain of whiteness.
This current moral panic about race is moronic.
Firstly, it has led to demonstrations in a time of a virus that the government considered was severe enough to shut down all social interactions, including churches. (The woke do not need to keep such rules, for they have the support of our mayors and the ruling party).
Secondly, it dilutes the work of the church. The church has only one job. It is to preach the gospel to all people, of all nations. Telling half the population in my nation that you are damned by your lack of melanin goes against the direct commission we were given by Christ.
The current panic is leading people to fear and show that they love the praise of the world instead of Christ.
2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
I find this passage incredibly difficult, because over decades you forget what it was like when you first came to Christ -- in my case, as a child. There are places where I recall this, primarily in worship.
We need to understand, those of us who have been around for a while and seen the church harm, do hurt, and have scars -- if not from being shunned and damned by some false preacher, defending those who have been -- that there is no new step. No extra salvation. The new believer has a joy that experience often takes away.
We have to return to that: this why we meet. So that our joy in Christ may be made complete, and that we can be encouraged to do good. Truth and Love should be our guide.
But the poison now coming at this time does nothing like this. Look at its fruits, which are destruction and despair among the people they claim to be helping.
Turn to Christ, and bow your knee to no other.