Read Part 1-Introduction, and Part 2-Racism, Hegemony, Critical Race Theory, and Intersectionality, and Part 3-The Influences of Hegemony, Critical Race Theory, and Intersectionality, and Part 4-Societal Events, and Part 5-The Trinity Creating, and Part 6-Created in the Image of God, and Part 7-New Life, Identity, and Purpose.
No longer are people who are reconciled to God to harbor resentment for others or seek to exact revenge for past, present, actual or perceived wrongs. Justice is to be served when and how God says it is, but the old hostility is to be replaced by unquenchable forgiveness. Jesus will one day finally judge sin in all of its forms and do away with evil once and for all, but that time has not yet come. And the main way in which He has done that so far in history is on the cross. Therefore, Christians are to say with Joseph in Genesis 41-46, that “no matter what wrongs you have committed against me in the past, don’t be angry with yourselves, because I have let all of that go, and God has sent me here to save you” (Baucham, Message 5, The Rescuer). Because of the cross, there no longer remains any room for resentment and hatred. For Christ has flung the doors of repentance and reconciliation wide open, making the church His ambassadors (2 Co. 5.20). The Black Lives Matter organization, the Movement for Black Lives, and the cultural and political entities which promote and propagate ideologies of division and leave no room for reconciliation and forgiveness are not compatible with a gloriously reconciling Triune God, and are in open rebellion against Him.
The ideologies of hegemony, critical race theory, and intersectionality have no place at the foot of the cross, no matter how pervasive or impactful they are. For it is at the cross that God is to be seen and cherished such that all other distinctions, divisions, and pursuits become comparatively irrelevant. For there, “on the cross, shines spotless holiness, inflexible justice, incomprehensible wisdom, omnipotent power, holy love, and none of these excellencies darken or eclipse the other but ever one of them rather gives a luster to the rest. They mingle their beams and shine with united eternal splendor—the just Judge, the merciful Father, the wise governor—and nowhere does justice appear so awesome, mercy so amiable, wisdom so profound as at the cross” (Reeves, Our Culture of Fear and the Fear of God, Lecture 3). And it is at the sight of the Lion of Judah, the Lamb of God, that all those who have believed and repented and found there life in Him will finally be reconciled. And they will rejoice, not in themselves and in their diversity, but in the God who made the diverse in both thought and creation. “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb'” (Revelation 7:9-10)!
To be reconciled to God through the cross of Christ is the only way disunity will be overcome. And only in being captivated by the Triune God can unity be achieved in the American culture.
Well, you made it! I hope your journey was somewhat interesting, an encouragement, a pointing to Christ, and maybe an introduction to something new. As I said at the beginning, this is simply an introduction to these ideologies and the God of the Bible who provides in Himself a perfect answer to the sin in our world. Do let me know if you would like to read more from me on this issue particularly, and feel free to provide any feedback you wish. However, I want to end with a final word and I want to provide you with a solid few resources that might act as doors to your own study and thought more than those sources I have cited throughout these posts.
There are three major sources that I need to give credit for when it came to my research in this area. My local pastor, quoted in part 7 as RB; Owen Strachan, who has been giving many talks on these issues and far more; and Voddie Baucham. Baucham gave a short Q&A February 5 of 2021, which you can find here (just in case it for some odd reason gets taken down, it is titled “Question & Answer with Voddie Baucham and Pastor Rob Pacienza”, uploaded on the Coral Ridge YouTube channel). In it he laid out several resources (some I have looked at myself and some that I am confident to suggest because of those who have looked at them) which I have listed for you below so that I might be able to save you some time. I have also added a few extra onto his.
- Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe, by Voddie Baucham.
- Neil Shenvi – Apologetics – Christian apologetics from a homeschooling theoretical chemist.
- New Discourses, particularly the Translations from the Wokish – New Discourses.
- Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody, by Helen Pluckrose, and James A. Lindsay.
- Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship.
- That Hideous Strength: How the West Was Lost, by Melvin Tinker.
- Transgender | Culture Shock Series with Dr. Owen Strachan.
- The Madness of Crowds Gender Race and Identity, by Douglas Murray.
As a final thought to these posts: We are in a spiritual conflict, not merely an intellectual one. Let us, then, not rely on ourselves and in our own understanding, but let us hold to Christ and the clear revelation of Scripture. For wherever Paul address the great conflict throughout human history, he does not write predominantly of political power, cultural movements, or even evil ideologies–he does address those things, but his main focus, Gods main focus, is on walking with Him in new life within the family, in the workplace, and in the local church. The Christian church will always be in a fight against something big, flashy, and new. But those entities are not the Bibles primary focus–yes, Christians need to understand the times, not giving an inch of ground on any ground, and it is great to have godly leaders who fight tremendous battles on a world stage–but the Bibles focus is on all we have in Christ already and holding to Him faithfully, whatever comes our way. The devil would like nothing better than that we focus so much on destroying his ideologies that we forget to live and abide in Christ. And yet, in the strength of God, we do need to fight–presenting the untarnished Gospel to a dying, lying world, and holing to the truth in our homes, churches, workplaces, and cities. And then, having that foundation firmly set, we do go out into the wider world by the mandate from Christ. Of all resources, then, none can beat Scripture. It is timeless, unchanging, and God’s chosen weapon at home and abroad in the world. Let this be remembered and never forgotten, our God is far more important and strong than our enemies schemes or our refutations of them. If we neglect Him for them, they have become our idols, and the evil one behind these ideologies, and behind the confusion of our day, has already accomplished his intent.
Brothers and sisters, the world is an ocean of loud confusion and commotion, and the best of our work will seem to be but a drop in it–true or false, for better or for worse. Let us, then, trust in the everlasting and steadfast Triune God, holding to His everlasting, steadfast, and double-edged Word, until He comes to evaporate this ocean dry.