WARNING: The following film is from a non-SBC, non-Christian source and contains obscene language and disturbing scenes, but is provided here as an important piece of the social justice and Critical Theory/Critical Race Theory discussion.
According to the video description, this is, “Part one of a three-part series of short films about Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying’s experience at Evergreen State College.”
In this this article, Neil Shenvi reviews The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby, a past panel participant with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission on the topic of racism. He warns, “If we give carte blanche to anyone waving the banner of antiracism or social justice, we may find ourselves committed to a whole host of ideas and causes whose legitimacy or wisdom we are no longer even permitted to question.”
The conservative resurgence (CR) of the Southern Baptist Convention was a movement to reclaim institutions for a conservative theology and mission. Preeminent among those institutions marked for reclamation were our six seminaries, which had, to varying degrees, come under the influence of a left-leaning theology in the decades preceding the CR, which began in 1979. As a result of the CR, the seminaries have now been under the leadership of conservatives for a few decades, but state Baptist colleges and universities continue to represent a much wider theological spectrum that includes left, right, and middle. The reason for this discrepancy between seminaries and colleges is, of course, because the CR operated at the level of the national convention, to which only the seminaries are directly accountable. The CR was not an organized movement at the level of state conventions, to which state Baptist colleges and universities are directly accountable.
God blessed the Southern Baptist Convention with victory in a battle for the Bible during the Conservative Resurgence. But theological giants from that era now warn of a looming threat outside of the concern for defending the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture. Two of the most prominent figures in the SBC and leaders during the CR are Thomas J. Nettles and R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Both of these men took uncompromising stands on the doctrine of inerrancy during the CR. But both of these men now warn of a new threat in the SBC and evangelicalism.
In this article, non-SBC author Rod Dreher discusses concerns with some of the views of “ordained Southern Baptist pastor” and former President of The King’s College in New York City, Gregory Thornbury, who recently said in Rolling Stone, “In Trump’s America, ‘religious liberty’ is code for protection of white, Western cultural heritage.”
In this article, Russell D. Moore writes, “C. S. Lewis included male headship among the doctrines he considered to be part of ‘mere Christianity,’ precisely because male headship has been asserted and assumed by the Christian church with virtual unanimity from the first century until the rise of contemporary feminism. If complementarians are to reclaim the debate, we must not fear making a claim that is disturbingly counter-cultural and yet strikingly biblical, a claim that the less-than-evangelical feminists understand increasingly: Christianity is undergirded by a vision of patriarchy.”
In his spoken word piece, 20 Years, Christian artist Propaganda movingly paints a picture of a wife (who represents the African American community) in an abusive relationship with her husband (who represents the United States of America). Prop’s piece helpfully highlights the problematic nature of eagerly affirming “All Lives Matter” as a response to the truth that “Black Lives Matter.”
You ask if it was so bad, why didn’t she leave?
As a matter of fact, why is she always playing the victim?
Why is everything about her?
Don’t other wives get hit too?
Don’t all wives matter?
Of course, it’s true that “all wives matter.” But to say, in response to a victim of domestic abuse like the one in Prop’s piece, that “all wives matter,” is to engage in particularly wicked Whataboutism. So also, when someone cries out, laments, or shouts, “Black Lives Matter,” a most unhelpful response is, “All Lives Matter.” Certainly, the saying is true, all lives do matter. But that is part of the point of saying that black lives matter.
Ratio Christi published this new booklet from Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer on Critical Theory and the Social Justice Movement, noting, “If Christians want to engage people with the message of the gospel, we need to understand the ideas and worldviews our culture is embracing and show where they are inadequate, so that we can point people to the truth found in Jesus.”
Our culture hates humility and femininity, so you can imagine what the culture thinks of humble and feminine women. I personally have suffered from the consequences of my own sinful desires to be in control of my marriage, and to be constantly thought strong and proud. I gave into the desire to see myself as the head of the family, I bought cultural lies about feminism and shed many tears over the constant tug-a-war my heart and spirit played concerning my longing to sin versus personal conviction about that sin. In eight years of marriage, my husband and I have fought endlessly over this struggle. Looking back, I am thankful God created him with a gentle and calm spirit, that our warring was mostly me in sin, with him graciously and mercifully standing in the way to keep me from further sin and leading me back to truth. In those years, I wore myself down spiritually and emotionally day after day engaging in things that wreaked havoc on me as a Christian and as a woman. It was only in the last year that I realized God was using all of those moments to painfully strip layer after layer of pride, resentment, and doubt surrounding my heart. The good news is God sanctifies His people despite our depravity. He will not allow any of His children to remain in sin, and He will use our faithlessness to point us back to His perfect faithfulness.