There’s a whole new language that we as Christians need to muddle through in today’s world. In fact, some of these are terms I’ve learned in the past year.
There’s some scary, heretical doctrine out there, ya’ll. And just tacking on the title “reformed” in front of it doesn’t make it right. If you’ve ever ran into any of these epistemological world views up front and personal, you know just how crazy and dangerous they can be.
And with the whole world crying out for “social justice” right now; with churches promoting themselves as being “woke”, and signaling their virtue for all to see, talking about how many divisions and intersections are in their particular church, it’s most definitely an important time for Christians to be well studied about what they are speaking about.
The short definition is that we must have churches that are “woke” to the social issues around us and to the differences in the church members.
We must signal what virtues we possess, in a tangible, seeable, touchable way — i.e., wearing a mask is signaling our virtue to protect others.
The more intersections our church contains, the better. For instance, being a white man is good. Being a white woman intersects with the white man, and that is even better. Being a black woman has three intersections, and a black man who thinks he’s a woman is even better — the more “intersections”, or differences, the better. (And yes, I’m speaking tongue-in-cheek, if at this point you’re wondering if I’ve lost my mind.)
Yes, it’s confusing.
No, I don’t agree with any of it.
But as I see the rioting all around us, and I hear the far-left tout out the reformed church phrases, I know that something went wrong somewhere. When was the last time you heard a far-left, radical democrat talking about sanctification, transubstantiation, or Christology?
Point made, right? You haven’t.
But suddenly the whole world is speaking about social justice. They are talking about wokeness.
And both are phrases that, as far as I know, originated with the church.
But what does the Bible say about it all? Because every Christian should be a Berean, those stalwart souls who measured everything up to the standard of Christ. So we should ask ourselves these hard questions, and we should seek out answers from the Bible alone. Sola Scriptura should be our motto.
The Bible clearly states that there is no Jew or Greek, no slave or free, but that we are all one in Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:28). He has a remnant from every nation and tribe, every people and language (Rev. 7:4 – 17). He came to, yes, divide the sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:31 – 46), but also to unite believers around the world in Himself (1 Cor. 1:10).
He did not come to destroy the testimony of Himself through “intersectionality” — a belief that divides and separates and divides again, erecting unscalable barriers between Christians because of different ethnicities, different ages, different interests . . . and the list goes on. Time and time again, we see Christ working with others. We see Him sitting with the publicans (Matt. 9:10), the tax collectors (Luke 19); among both the Jews and the Gentiles. He spoke with the woman at the well who had was in an adulterous relationship (John 4:6 – 29). He ministered to the woman caught in an illicit act with a man (John 8:3 – 11). He promised the thief who was crucified with Him would be in heaven (Matt. 27: 38 – 44).
Jesus Christ, the One we should emulate, had erected no barrier between Himself and these other people He had come to save. He had no qualms about being seen with them, about ministering to them, about ministering with them. Among his disciples we see a large group of diversity and backgrounds.
Peter, James, Phillip, Andrew and John were all working class fishermen.
Bartholomew is believed to have been of royal blood.
Judas and Thaddeus are believed to be Jewish Nationalists; Matthew was a tax collector; Simon was a Zealot.
James is little known, and Thomas was known for his doubts.
And these were the men Jesus served with. Who He ministered to.
And as far as I know, He never took any particular notice of the differences between them — they all worked together to serve Jesus, first, and then, with the exception of Judas, to spread the gospel throughout the land.
Intersectionality, the woke movement, the whole social justice thing — all of it is wrong because it promotes disunity among the body of Christ. Among believers.
Sunday, my pastor spoke about the last portion of Romans 16. I was wondering how on earth he would get a sermon from a list of greetings Paul is sending to the Roman church from the men who were with him in Corinth.
But he preached a wonderful sermon that so perfectly applies to this whole woke movement that’s taken the world by a storm.
Paul was in Corinth, in the house of a man names Gaius (v. 23). With him were two slaves, three Jews, two wealthy Romans in a high position, and Timothy, his mixed-blood son in the faith and fellow labourer for the Lord.
And all these men sent greetings — most affectionate greetings, I may add — to the believers in Rome.
These men were a very diverse group of believers. I’m not sure how you could possibly have a group that could be any more divided and intersected then we see gathered here, in Gaius’ home. Jews and Gentiles, who had never mixed before. Wealthy Romans calling slaves brothers in Christ (v. 23). And we see them working together to further the gospel. To further God’s Kingdom on this earth. We see them fellowshipping, encouraging, and helping Paul write this most-helpful letter to the church at Rome.
And this is why I could never be a woke Christian, and why I will always refute the woke movement.
Wokeness isn’t about reconciling our differences in Christ — it’s about furthering those differences and using them to separate and divide the body of Christ. We have been given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18), and dividing and being woke does not, in any way, further that ministry.
No, wokeness isn’t the answer to our differences.
But neither is throwing a blind eye to the beauty of the things the Creator has made, as I’ve also heard some Christians claim we should do.
While we are all one in Christ (Rom. 12:5), we still have different members of the main body (1 Cor. 12:12 – 27). We are a diverse group of people. We come from all different backgrounds, we have different families, different convictions, different strengths and weaknesses. We all look different, talk different, and act different. God has given each of us different, unique talents, for the sole purpose of glorifying Him.
But we all have this in common: we were all created Imago Dei, in the image of God (Gen. 1:27; Ps. 139:13 – 16).
We are all believers, and therefore joint heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:16 – 18).
We all have the same life-goal: to glorify God (Col. 3:17), and to make His name known throughout the nations (Matt. 28:18 – 20).
Diversity is a beautiful thing.
And it’s a more beautiful thing when people who never knew each other before can work together for the testimony of Christ. When strangers, who have nothing in common but love for the Lord, can meet together and fellowship together and form a community of people who are a brightly shining light in a dark world.
No, I’m not a woke Christian.
And I never will be.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.