Essential to keep in mind is that in social justice (cultural Marxism), oppression by the majority is not tyrannically imposed oppression, something done by force. Instead, it exists in the common-sense ideas of liberal culture, which in America includes concepts taught in Christianity. This may include things such as objectivity, a strong work ethic, personal responsibility, meritocracy, and understanding the family to be composed of heterosexual marriage, including children, unless providentially hindered. Continue reading →
On June 17, 2020, The City Council of Norman Oklahoma voted to defund our police department by $885,000.00. Although there are other reasons, I argued these eight points in support of the police and against defunding. They are easily applicable to police departments across America. Continue reading →
I believe the present emphasis on social justice and critical race theory rather than God’s impartial justice disparages all humans by treating them as something less than they are, which is created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-28). First, they do so by being based on a Marxian materialistic view of reality. Second, because white and black people are judged and categorized as oppressors and oppressed based on skin color rather than on their hearts as God judges them (1 Sam 16:7). Third, social justice degrades black people by contending that their lack of achievement can be blamed on others (social injustice) rather than considering that some of their lack of success and development may be related to other factors not associated with social injustices. Continue reading →
Social justice:Â While social justice and cultural Marxism are not synonymous, they can rightly be used interchangeably as I have done.Â They both seek a redistribution of wealth and power from the groups who have it to the ones who do not. That is to say, from the majority to the minority, and in America, that first and foremost means from the white people to the black people. This transfer of wealth and power is regardless of personal merit or how hard a person had to work for his wealth.
The majority must be punished to bring about social justice, and the minority must be rewarded by receiving the power and wealth of the majority. Personal merit is not a factor; only group identity determines whether one should be rewarded or punished. A person is guilty for someone elseâ€™s sin even if he does not agree with those who committed the sin or even if the person who committed the sin lived hundreds of years ago. Guilt is determined by whether or not you belong to the guilty group. Social justice leads to the absurd practice of people who do not approve of slavery and have never owned slaves giving money to people who have never been slaves because some people whom we do not know owned slaves and others whom we do not know were slaves. If this form of â€œjusticeâ€ prevails, the madness will not and cannot stop. When we refer to black people, we do not mean all black people are proponents of socialistic justice because many are not.
Measures such as graduated tax systems, reparations paid by those who did not sin for what previous generations did, and affirmative action may be implemented in the move toward social justice, but such enactments are almost certain to fail to bring in a just socialistic Utopia. Such will almost certainly require a Marxian revolution to overthrow capitalism and Christianity. To overthrow capitalism and America will most assuredly require the use of anarchical riots in which there is massive destruction of private property, killing of innocent people, and forceful intimidation of government, law enforcement, and law-abiding citizens. We have observed this in the destructive riots across America, which have caused the deaths of innocent people, destruction of private property and livelihood, and intimidation of governments resulting in defunding police departments.
We have witnessed this type of rioting in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. The average onlooker who thinks the protests and riots are only about outrage over the death of Floyd or racial injustice is perplexed by black rioters killing innocent black people and destroying their livelihood and property. They are baffled why there is not an outcry by the protesters over the black innocents being killed by the rioters, black on black killings that number more than all the people ever enslaved in America,Â and by the over one-thousand black babies killed by abortion every day in America.Â And rightly so because it is not just about having equal opportunity or equal treatment for everyone under the law for the cultural Marxists. It is about equal outcome for everyone regardless of personal merit. To the Marxist, unequal outcome alone is the irrefutable evidence of injustice. To reach their Utopic state of equal outcome will require the overthrow of capitalism, America, and with that, Christianity.
Many Christians race to identify with marches led by Black Lives Matter (BLM) and to shout and carry signs with BLM slogans. To suggest Christians should say all people matter because all people are created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27) can result in personal attacks by Christians who embrace the BLM mantra and BLM-led marches. At a minimum, they will argue with you in defense of using BLM and not biblical language. My conversations have led me to conclude that it does not matter to many if you show them the ungodly beliefs and agendas of BLM, such as â€œWe foster a queerâ€ affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise) [and] We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.Â For whatever reason, these Christians are committed to the BLM group mantra. While they may disavow the other unbiblical agendas listed on the BLM website as illustrated here, they will not disavow the BLM mantra. They will often don a BLM t-shirt, and yet they will not wear one proclaiming Christ as the answer.
Two of BLM founders and leaders claim to be trained Marxists. Patrisse Cullors says, â€œWe actually do have an ideological frame. Myself, and Alicia Garza, in particular, are trained organizers; we are trained Marxists. We are super versed in ideological theories. What we really try to do is build a movement that can be used by many, many black folks.â€Â Even when some of the woke, BLM mantra advocates learn this, they continue seeking to justify using the term BLM, which advertises the BLM brand rather than fleeing to the clear declarations of Scripture.
As is true in Marxism, social justice emphasizes group identity rather than individual identity. The division is between the majority groups who are the oppressors and the minority groups who are the oppressed. In critical theory,Â of which social justice is a part, this division serves as the necessary structure for the transformation of society.Â The group identity of the oppressed may be comprised of people who did not directly suffer the wrongs. It may also be made up of biblically sinful groups such as homosexuals and non-cisgenders (a non-cisgender is one whose chosen gender identity does not correspond to oneâ€™s biological sex at birth). Sometimes non-cisgenders are referred to with terms like transgender or gender fluidity. Cultural Marxism is the progenitor of Identity politics.
The group identity of the oppressors may be composed of people who did not personally contribute to the wrongs against the oppressed group, either in their hearts or by their actions. They are deemed oppressors merely because of their skin color or majority status. For example, they may not be guilty of genuine racism, which is the belief that oneâ€™s race is inherently superior to another, and other races are inherently inferior and cannot overcome their inferiority. Or the person may have repented of believing in genuine racism. But, if the person is white and a part of the majority, he is still a racist according to social justice and critical race theory because he is white and a part of the majority.Â He is a racist because critical race theory says that race is a social construct of white people designed to maintain their place of supremacy and privilege.
Equal opportunity and being treated equally before the laws of man are not sufficient. Nor is it sufficient to be in equal standing before the law of God. Social justice is based on group identity that minimizes or ignores individual merit for benefits sought or guilt for wrongs punished. In social justice, as in critical race theory, merit or guilt is based on such things as skin color, sex, illegal immigrant status, or sexual preferences because they determine whether that group is a majority or minority, and therefore the oppressed or oppressor. Social justice is composed of various dissimilar groups of oppressed and oppressors (whites and blacks, heterosexuals and homosexuals, Christians and non-Christians), and, accordingly, intentionally disunifies society.
For example, notice how often the progressives (liberals) depict conservative Christians (the majority) in a negative light and Muslims (the minority) in a positive light even though Islam tortures and murders innocent people in the name of Allah every day. Moreover, if America were to become an Islamic State, the same liberals who sympathized and promoted Islam would be summarily stripped of the freedom to espouse their progressive views or even executed for them. Their romantic love of ideals like equal outcomes, no poverty, and their disdain for America and capitalism, which by the way gave them the opportunity to live better than any people in history, will usher them into the harsh reality of an Islamic State that will silence them and their dreams. Social justice advocates are the determiners of who are the oppressors (sinners) and who are the oppressed (non-sinners), and what the oppressors will have to do to achieve forgiveness for themselves and equity for the oppressed.
Biblical justiceÂ emanates from Godâ€™s holy and loving nature (Lev 19:2; 1 Pet 1:15; 1 John 4:8) and is impartial (Acts 10:34; Jas 2:9). He communicates his standard of justice through his holy Word (Jer 9:24; John 17:17). Everyone is created in the image of God and belongs to the human race (Gen 1:26-28). They are, therefore, essentially equal and under the same righteous standard of justice. Because everyone has personally sinned against God, everyone has fallen short of his holy justice (Rom 3:9-11). Each person is accountable for only his sin rather than the sins of his ancestors or any group to which he belongs unless he condones or participates in the sin of the group (Ezek 18:19-21).
Because God is love (1 John 4:8, 16), he desires to save every person from their due judgment for their sin, and he has provisioned so that everyone can be saved (Ezek 18:32; 33:11; John 1:29; 3:16; 20:30-31). Everyone is saved from the just penalty for their sin in the same way, which is by repentance and faith in Christ for sins they actually committed against Godâ€™s holiness, whether in thought or deed (Matt 5:27-28; John 3:17; 1 Cor 6:9; 1 John 4:10). God forgives anyone and everyone when they trust Christ as Savior (John 3:36; 6:40; 11:25-26; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 1:9). Everyone needs forgiveness in Christ (Luke 13:3; Rom 3:9-11), and everyone who seeks forgiveness through Christ will find forgiveness (Rom 10:9-10, 13).
Christians are reconciled to God in Christ, and in Christ, all barriers are broken down (Gal 3:28; Eph 2:14-15; Col 1:20). All the redeemed in Christ are to live carrying the gospel of reconciliation to the world (Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:18-21). Therefore, impartial justice unifies all humans because it includes the truth that all humans are created in Godâ€™s image, essentially equal (Gen 1:26-27), loved by God (John 3:16), personally sinful before God, and in need of redemption (Rom 3:23) and that God desires for everyone to be redeemed (Matt 11:28-30). Once saved, we also share in the same mandate to carry the message of reconciliation to the world (Matt 28:18-20; 2 Cor 5:18-21).
Social justice is the work of the flesh, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes dissensions, factions, envying (Gal 5:19-21), whereas the works of Godâ€™s impartial justice are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5:22-23). Christians are to reflect Godâ€™s impartial love and justice toward everyone (Exod 23:3; Lev 19:15; Mic 6:8) and compassionately minister to the genuinely needy, orphans, and poor (Deut 10:18; Ps 140:12; 1 Tim 5:3; Jas 1:27) while maintaining that those who can work must work or not eat (1 Thess 4:11; 2 Thess 3:10).
Unlike social justice, impartial justice guides us to obey the government (Rom 13:1-7), not to focus on reparations or punishment for wrongs done in the past by others to our ancestors (1 Cor 13:5) or retaliation (1 Pet 2:23), but instead to focus on loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matt 22:39), praying for our enemies (Matt 5:10-12, 44) and developing Christâ€™s character in us (2 Pet 1:5-7) so we can share with all (Matt 19:19).
Â â€œIn the 1950â€™s, [Herbert] Marcuse stated the Marxist revolution would not be brought about by the proletariat but by a coalition of blacks, feminist women, homosexuals, and students. This is where the termÂ Cultural MarxismÂ comes from, as it is applied to marginalized groups rather than class.â€https://thepolicy.us/cultural-marxism-the-origins-of-the-present-day-social-justice-movement-and-political-correctness-ffb89c6ef4f1Â Accessed 3/13/20.
Â Some black scholars who argue against such things: Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Shelby Steele, and Robert L. Woodson Sr.
Â Noman Oklahoma, where I live, did decrease funding for our police department by $885,000.00. This seems to have been done because of the City Councilâ€™s liberal bias, but mostly because of the protests in Norman and threats of rioters across the country in fulfillment of the BLM agenda to nationally defund police departments. Ben Felder, â€œNorman council reduces police budget as cities confront calls to cut PD spending,â€Â The Frontier, 6/17/20.Â https://www.readfrontier.org/stories/norman-council-reduces-police-budget-as-cities-confront-calls-to-cut-pd-spending/, and â€œ#DefundThePolice,â€ BlackLivesMatter.com, 5/30/20.Â https://blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice/, accessed 6/20/20.
Â Bob Woodson, â€œLife, Liberty, & Levin,â€ interviewed by Mark Levin. FoxNews.com. 3/6/20.Â https://video.foxnews.com/v/6138889433001#sp=show-clips, accessed 7/6/20.
Â â€œGenocide: Black Abortions in America.â€Â Grand Rapids Right to Life.org.Â 2020.Â https://www.grrtl.org/genocide/. Accessed 7/6/20.
Â â€œWhat We Believe,â€ BlackLivesMatter.com.Â https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/, accessed 6/19/20.
Â The Real News Network, â€œShort History of Black Lives Matter,â€ YouTube July 23, 2015, 7:10, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp-RswgpjD8.
Â Critical theory is a Marxian inspired socialistic philosophy emanating from the Frankfurt school. Its design is to change the present culture into one more in line with Marxism. The theory draws significantly on the thought of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Sigmund Freud.
Â Critical theory, of which critical race theory is a part, seeks to change society rather than just explain it like other social theories.
Â Critical race theory espouses that race is created by the white population in order to keep the black population in a subservient role to advance the interests of the white population. Race is not related to biology at all.
Critical Race Theory (CRT)Â defines race as being socially constructed rather than a natural biological function.Â In CRT, the concept of race was constructed by white people and serves as a mechanism for them to oppress black people and promote pervasive institutional racism in order to maintain white supremacy.
CRT is related to Cultural Marxism which is composed of a broad set of ideas that serve as instruments for a societal transformation to bring about the redistribution of power and wealthâ€”Socialism.Â White people need to repent of white supremacy and privilege, but black people do not need to repent. Even if a white person has never had a genuinely racist thought or he has repented of past racism, he is still a racist, white supremacist, because he is white and belongs to the majority.
Intersectionality (IN) encompasses interconnected social categories such as race, sex, and sexual orientation, which can serve as components of multi-layered discrimination and oppression.Â For example, as a minority, a woman could suffer discrimination, but a black woman suffers two compounding levels of discrimination. If the black woman is a lesbian, she then suffers on three levels.
A personâ€™s identity and authority are wrapped up in the degree to which the person suffers discrimination (the basis of identity politics). In Cultural Marxism, of which IN is a part, truth claims made by the oppressors (white people) are always suspect. In contrast, truth claims made by the oppressed (black people) are always credible until proven wrong, which intersectionality makes almost impossible. We have even seen this in the Me-Too movement when accusations of abuse are accepted as truth and evidence, while the accused is assumed to be lying guilty until proven innocent. Trial by the internet.
As a Christian, our identity is not socially determined nor is it a result of either being wronged or our perception that we have been wronged. Our identity is found in Christ. â€œBut as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,â€ (John 1:12). See also 2 Cor 5:17 and Gal 5:20.
Social Justice,Â which is similar to Cultural Marxism, is accomplished by favoring one group (the oppressed/minority/non-sinners) and punishing the other group (the oppressors/majority/sinners) by redistribution of wealth, power, and privilege. Redistribution can be accomplished by civil measures (graduated tax structure) or anarchist revolution and forced redistribution of wealth and power.Â As in Marxism, Social Justice emphasizes group identity rather than individual identity. The groups may be composed of people who neither suffered nor inflicted wrong. Merit or guilt is based on such things as skin color or sex. Social Justiceâ€™s identity politics divide rather than unite.
Biblical JusticeÂ emanates from Godâ€™s holy, impartial, and loving nature (Lev 19:2; Acts 10:34; 1 John 4:8). Everyone is created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27). They are, therefore, essentially equal and under the same righteous standard of justice. Everyone has sinned against God and falls short of his holy and just standard (Rom 3:10). Each person is accountable for only his sin (Ezek 18:19-21, 32; 33:11). Because God is love (1 John 4:8, 16), he desires to save every person from their due judgment for their sin, and he has provisioned so that everyone can be saved (John 1:29; 3:16; 20:30-31).
Biblical justice holds each person responsible for his own sinÂ only. â€œThe person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the fatherâ€™s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the sonâ€™s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himselfâ€ (Ezekiel 18:20).
Biblical Justice holds each person responsible for the opportunities he has as seen in the parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30). God grants salvation and forgiveness to any person if they come to him trusting Christ, and this is regardless of what group he belongs to or what he has done in the past (John 3:18). Opportunities and privileges that a person has, regardless of how many, do not require guilt or repentance but only stewardship (Matt 25:21) and thanksgiving (Eph 5:20).
In Christ, all barriers are broken down (Gal 3:28; Eph 2:14-15; Col 1:20). All who are in Christ are to carry the gospel of reconciliation to the world (Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:18-21) and to reflect Godâ€™s impartial and unifying justice toward everyone (Exod 23:3; Lev 19:15; Mic 6:8), compassionately ministering to theÂ genuinelyÂ needy (Deut 10:18; Ps 140:12; Ezek 22:29; 1 Tim 5:3; Jas 1:27).
Â Encyclopedia Britannica now defines CRT: â€œThe view 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.â€ Tommy Curry, â€œCritical Race Theory,â€ para. 1, https://www.britannica.com/topic/critical-race-theory. But when I originally wrote this article, 2/8/20, the definition was â€œRace instead of being biologically grounded and natural is socially constructed; and that race as a socially constructed concept functions as a means to maintain the interests of the white population that constructed it.â€Â This provides an interesting insight into the terminological fluidity regarding our time and this subject.
Â Both CRT and Cultural Marxism are a part of Critical Theory, which seeks to change society rather than just explain it like other social theories.
Â Cultural Marxism is the application of Marxist concepts to marginalized groups rather than classes as in Classical Marxism.
Â True racism is the belief that oneâ€™s own race is inherently superior to another, and others being inherently inferior, cannot overcome their inferiority.
Â See also â€œintersectionality,â€Â https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/intersectionalityÂ accessed 6/18/19.
Â Encyclopedia Britannica says, â€œCritical theory:Â Marxist-inspired movement in social and political philosophy originally associated with the work of the Frankfurt School. Drawing particularly on the thought of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, critical theorists maintain that a primary goal of the philosophy is to understand and to help overcome the social structures through which people are dominated and oppressed.â€ â€œCritical Theory,â€Â https://www.britannica.com/topic/critical-theory, accessed 2/5/20. It is important to keep in mind that Marx, Fredrick Engels, and Sigmund Freud were all materialists; they denied God, the soul and spirit of man, and the entire immaterial world, which makes them absolutely in opposition to Christianity.