Similarly, “critical race theory” can be abused and more often than not is. At its core, however, it recognizes something the church, especially in America, has historically been slow even to acknowledge in hindsight, let alone confront, and in which it has often been complicit: that power structures have been used throughout history in ways that oppress the vulnerable. Their perspective of this reality is much different than that of people who don’t experience it. Many aspects of societies reflect our perspective while neglecting, suppressing, or even denying theirs.
I am sorry to have to say it, but people with power do not experience life the same way as those who suffer from it. This is why empathy is a thing. This is why we have to be commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Take the power structure of the law for example—a key place “critical theory” has been applied in academia. I was not fully aware, for example, of how pervasively bad law was for blacks in America until I did what so many neglect to do: actually read the history of the laws. It took me some 200+ pages to compile the history of laws written and executed specifically to oppress and exploit blacks in our history from the 1620s up until the 1960s. “Systemic” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Yet in school coming up, I never heard any of it, except maybe “slavery was bad.” Then, hardly a word about a black person or the law all the way through college even.
A black person’s perspective on the history of American law, however, is different from our status quo. If we look at history critically—and Scripture commands us to look at all things critically (1 Cor. 2:15)—from a black perspective, we will learn something new to say the least.
At its most general, critical race theory asks, “Can you walk a mile in another person’s shoes?” It’s not even that demanding. “Can you look at things from another person’s perspective?” “Can you even listen long enough to hear another person’s perspective?”
At their most basic root level, both intersectionality and critical race theory simply ask for empathy.Response to “The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel” by Joel McDurmon
My suspicion is that most (not all) White American Christians just aren’t going to care, until Jim Crow II — targeted against Conservative Christians, as opposed to Black Americans — is in full force.
I don’t think that that level of oppression will last for more than 40 years, say, concluding with the probable breakup of the country. The cultural and technological flow is to decentralize, which is not kind to tyrants.
But even so, some kind of temporary tyranny is coming…
…and the pastors and the priest will do nothing about it, but moan and whine and pray for an escape-reality Rapture.
Do you think that any imam or rabbi or atheist pundit would just meekly stand aside as their people get ground under the heel? Fat chance!
Wrong as they may be, those leaders are not worthless shepherds.