In this post, non-SBC author Timon Cline comments on the nature and content of a recent exchange he had with Jonathan Leeman of 9Marks on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.
Michael Bird, Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, wrote a piece at Patheos the other day called, “The Fundamentalist War on Wokeness is a War on Christian Love.” The post is of interest here because it touches on several topics that are important to the justice discussion in relation to false ideologies becoming ever more popular within the church. The post also implicates Owen Strachan, a Southern Baptist professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a supposed fundamentalist war on love.
In this post, Owen Strachan responds to critiques of his recent lecture series on Christianity and wokeness, defining wokeness as:
…first and foremost a mindset and a posture borne of Critical Race Theory and related systems of thought. The term itself means that one is “awake” to the true nature of our society where so many fail to see it. In the most specific sense, this means one sees the comprehensive inequity of our social order and the corresponding need for racial and social justice.
According to this press release, “In their annual fall meeting, trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously voted not to remove the names of the school’s founders from several campus buildings, but embraced steps to lament the institution’s racial history and provide up to $5 million in scholarships for African American students over the next few years.”
The story is told of how famed evangelist D. L. Moody was approached by someone complaining about how he did evangelism. In response, Moody asked how this individual did evangelism, and the reply was something to the effect of, “I don’t.” Moody then said, “I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.” We need far more men to be like Moody when it comes to offering a defense of conservative theology.
Owen Strachan recently delivered a series of six talks on Christianity & Wokeness which you can find below.
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Southern Baptists, we have a membership of over 50 million men and women and represent over 47,000 churches. It is time for us to rise up with one collective voice, pray for God’s mercy and forgiveness, pray that He would heal our land, and act now to abolish abortion in our nation without exception or compromise. It’s our day to stand.