Critical Race Theory, GOD and the SBC
I have a question for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC): Does racism determine how you see God, or does your view of God determine how you see racism?
You may wonder why I ask this. Well, last week the SBC passed a resolution that approved the use of “critical race theory” (CRT) and “intersectionality” as “analytical tools” to help move the SBC toward racial reconciliation. The problem is that these “analytical tools” arise directly from moral relativism, which assumes there is neither objective reality nor moral absolutes in the universe. At best, CRT makes God irrelevant.
On a practical level, Critical Race Theory (CRT) asks racial minority groups, “How does that make you feel?” So far, so good. Right? However, because of its underlying premise (moral relativism), it is incapable of asking one of the most fundamental questions of life, “How does that make God feel?”
Think about that for a moment.
If my feelings rather than God’s are the basis for my relationship with you, what is going to happen to that relationship when conflict or major misunderstandings occur? There will always be a winner and always be a loser. Always. It will always be about who has the power. Always. Listen carefully when advocates of CRT talk—sooner or later they will make it about power. Inevitably the word “power” slips through their lips. Power. Power. Power. That should scare you, no matter the color of your skin.
I’m sure I am not the only one who sees the impending train wreck. Why would the SBC adopt “analytical tools” to deal with racism that by design exclude the centrality of God to the human experience? They may try to add a veneer of Christianity to CRT, but that is like trying to add a veneer of Christianity to Hell. God cannot be found in Hell nor in CRT.
I hope the SBC comes to its senses soon and restores God to His rightful place of supremacy over all of life. Let’s wholeheartedly pursue racial reconciliation—but let’s do it God’s way, not man’s.
©2019 Brad Bright