[319] CRT
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[319] CRT

There is much debate, particularly among Christians, over Critical Race Theory. First, do realize that despite the current debates, CRT is not new. It originated in 1989. Furthermore, variations of CRT have existed for decades. CRT is an outgrowth of what used to be called institutional racism (now systemic racism).  

According to Tommy Curry, by way of the Encyclopedia Britannica (June 9, 2016) CRT holds “that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of colour.”

For many people, making race not biological and denouncing the US legal system has a rather radical ring to it. Recently, white Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Seminary Presidents condemned CRT as incompatible with the Christian faith. Much of their objection resided in CRT being rooted in atheistic Marxism.

There is some merit there, but this was not an intelligent decision.  It was a typical–and well-meaning–white decision. And certainly not one affirmed by their black brothers and sisters in Christ.

Look at the CRT definition. It states that the law is racist.  It certainly has been historically (slavery once being legal) and its application is clearly racist if you look at the prison population, unless you believe African-Americans are inherently more criminal than members of other races.  Yes, race is defined biologically, but that biology has social consequences for people of all races. I don’t know many whites who, given the choice, would rather be black in America.

The issue I have with the SBC presidents is that their reaction to CRT shows an ignorance, and therefore unintended insensitivity, to the historical pervasiveness of racism in the US, very common among many well-meaning white Americans. Indeed, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Marxism and other political elements do elevate the issue of race from simmer to boiling.  But we Christians need to get past the noise and look soberly at the matter of racism, particularly its history even among some Christian groups. For example, the SBC itself began in 1845 because of the belief that missionaries should be able to own slaves.  Not until 1995 did it apologize and repent of its pro-slavery stance.  Perhaps more important, we need to stop condemning concepts like CRT and denounce the still contemporary evidences of racism, injustice, and oppression.

There are over 70 verses in the Bible affirming God’s love for justice. Over 400 about his advocacy for the poor and oppressed.  Let’s open our bibles to those passages rather than engage in rhetoric that polarizes and divides even members of the kingdom of God.  DC 

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