Critical Race Theory has been all the rage these days and is mandatory for some company training sessions. Here’s why that’s a problem.
It’s a worldview that is antithetical to the Biblical worldview.
According to Thought.co, Critical Race Theory (CRT) began in the 1980s among academics as a “challenge to the idea that in the two decades since the Civil Rights Movement and associated legislation, racial inequality had been solved and affirmative action was no longer necessary.”
CRT is basically a repackaging of the Marxist idea that the world is made up of “the oppressors” and “the oppressed.” In CRT, the premise is that this social hierarchy is based on race.
Critical Race Theory also asserts that race is not a biological reality, but a “social construct”–that is, something that has been created and agreed upon in a society.
The notion that race is a social construct essentially means that race has no scientific basis or biological reality. Instead, race as a way to differentiate human beings is a social concept, a product of human thought, that is innately hierarchical. Of course, this does not mean that there are no physical or phenotypical differences between people from different regions of the world. However, these differences make up a fraction of our genetic endowment and do not tell us anything about a person’s intelligence, behavior, or moral capacity. In other words, there is no behavior or personality that is inherent to white, black, or Asian people.
That’s theoretically what they say, but how do the adherents of CRT treat black conservatives? I’m sure Candace Owens would have a tale or two to tell…
While they say that people’s thoughts, morality, or behaivior are defined by race, CRT asserts that the problems in society can be summed up in the perpetuation of “whiteness.”
The Bible, however, says that the problems in society can be traced to… sin.
And that is not relegated to any racial group, as we know from Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Check out the main differences between The Gospel and Critical Race Theory:
Jesus said in John 3:16-17 that He came to save the world from sin.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
This means that anyone who comes to Jesus is welcome in His Kingdom–it’s no longer a covenant with a particular group of people descended from one man, (Abraham,) but, through Christ, all of mankind can come to the Throne of Grace.
Jesus was clear in His conversation with Pilate:
Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
– John 18:37
As Paul said in Galatians 3, the old divisions of race are no longer what qualifies you to be in God’s Kingdom.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.
That isn’t just “Good News”–it’s the best news.
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