CRT

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. 1 Cor. 3:19

CRT stands for Critical Race Theory.  You may not have heard of it, but if you are in the U.S., you have seen elements of it being played out in our streets, media, academia, and more importantly, in our public-school system.  

It is the basis for much of the divisiveness and unrest which we have seen this year, although it has been a long time coming. While racism exists and is a result of the sin of partiality which is condemned  in James, CRT goes far beyond that. Its theory includes the following concepts:

            *  Racism is the singular evil which causes everything to be wrong with our culture; it is the equivalent of original sin. 

            * “Systemic Racism” and its evil twin “unconscious bias” is endemic in our western culture. The only remedy is to destroy all institutions – political and economic – including any moral standards or social norms.

            * ”White privilege” comes from the group that is deemed to be the most privileged ethnic group. As such, it is the main proof of systemic racism (to the exclusion of other minority groups like Hispanics and Asians who have also faced discrimination).

            * “Racism” is uniquely white. Members of other “less privileged ethnic groups” are also victims of social injustice and can join in as a response to their own oppression.

            *  “White supremacy” is a form of racial terrorism and pervades all institutions, policies, practices that it is all but “impossible to think outside it.”

            *  All white people are universally stereotyped as racist, whether or not that’s true.

            *  Ergo, being white is an evil that requires confession and must be repudiated, but even that does not lead to forgiveness.

            *  Members of privileged ethnic groups are racist if they deny being racist.

The list goes on, but I think you see the direction. Decades of unrelenting indoctrination have resulted in ethnic animosity and civic unrest. It creates a “we” versus “they” mentality which only widens the chasm between the races. 

CRT is dangerous to our well-being and western civilization. It is also unbiblical and unmoored from authentic Christianity.  It divides the world into racial groups whereas the New Testament breaks down all such barriers: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free…for you are all one in Christ Jesus”.

How did it get so popular and become the basis of the NY Times 1619 Project, which incorrectly rewrites American history based on CRT.  Public schools, including middle schools, are using the 1619 Project as part of their curriculum. Corporations have embraced diversity and unconscious bias training.  Black Lives Matter has its roots in CRT. 

As Christians, we are taught that love does not take into account a wrong suffered. As such, the Christian model is to turn the other cheek, loving our enemies and praying for those who mistreat us.  We follow the model of Christ who, “while being reviled, He did not revile in return”.

Even the Evangelical church has fallen prey to CRT. It has infected the church and Baptist seminaries are now teaching CRT.  Throughout the existence of Christianity, the church has “shamelessly borrowed fads and talking points from the unbelieving world” according to John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church.  

I liken this ubiquitous spread of CRT to a virus in our culture. It’s a pandemic only no one knows they’ve been infected because it has been clothed in terms that hides its purpose. 

John Lindsay, an atheist mathematician warns that CRT is a Trojan Horse by “smuggling ideas into the movement that will eventually eliminate core biblical values and doctrines.” He’s right.

John MacArthur puts it this way: “Never has the church of Jesus Christ been more desperately in need of bold, courageous, clear-thinking, forthright, steadfast biblical leadership.”  

Space doesn’t permit more analysis, but I suggest that readers may want to read Gerald McDermott’s article on the five ways that CRT is incompatible with Christianity. 

Robin DiAngelo authored White Fragility, a book that embraces CRT and which is used by companies in their diversity trainings.   Only problem is that it is an intellectual fraud according to David Burke. I agree with Burke.

We need for Christian leaders to step back from this false teaching.  Jesus promises that the Great Shepherd will replace false shepherds with faithful shepherds “who will hold fast to his sheep.”  

The challenge is that CRT is everywhere – in the workplace, the school, in our businesses, and very few in the Church have stepped up to counter it.  We need for pastors in our churches to be vigilant to popular social and cultural ideologies that contradict Christianity.

MENTOR TAKEAWAY:  Most in the next generation are steeped in CRT and haven’t thought through its implications. You can help them with clear theology to understand why it is dangerous to our culture.

FURTHER READING:

How CRT is Marginalizing the African American Christian Tradition – Michigan Journal

Stanford offers sessions on ‘racial terror’, claiming it’s ‘nearly impossible’ to think outside of White Supremacy – Fox 

Is Critical Race Theory Compatible with Christian Faith?  Juicy Ecumenism

Critical Race Theory, A Sickness that Cannot Be Allowed to Continue   MacArthu

Critical Race Theory – What is it?  Patheos

Marxist CRT Infiltrates Churches, Culture – Epoch Times

The Intellectual Fraud of DiAngelo’s “White Fragility”  Burke

WORSHIP:  Christ is Enough  – Hillsong

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