Wokeness may promise a bounty of cultural approval, a small meal for a bottomless appetite of revenge, and some material assets. But like every wind of false doctrine blown in by the culture, woke is broke.
Wokeness is not surprising. It is normal behavior for a world filled with sin. But when believers begin to cave to the culture and blow over in the wind of deviant doctrine, that can be surprising—mostly, disturbing.
If you’re not familiar with a baseline definition of “wokeness,” here is one from Owen Strachan who wrote Christianity and Wokeness (releasing July 20th):
“Wokeness is first and foremost a mindset…In the most specific terms, this means one sees the comprehensive inequity of our social order and strives to highlight power structures in society that stem from racial privilege. In intellectual terms, wokeness occurs when one embraces the system of thought…called Critical Race Theory. CRT teaches that all of societal life is structured along racial power dynamics.”
According to woke thought leaders, racism is the foundational basis for American structures and the country was completely designed for white people to rule. Based on what many woke leaders believe and teach, “Whiteness” and “white supremacy” now reign supreme in all facets of our society, and even if you have no links to racism, white supremacy, or the oppression of blacks, you are complicit if you are white. In a recent Time Magazine article by Savala Trepczynski, she explains why all white people are the problem and need to figure out the solution for their white supremacy themselves. Just don’t bother asking her how to start addressing the problem — she says:
“…it is white people (especially progressive white people) who are responsible for what happens now. Either they work to understand—and change—how white supremacy moves in and through their lives, hearts, minds, and spaces, or they decide they don’t have time, they’re too scared, they can’t deal with it, or, like Ms. Cooper, they linger in the fallacy that they could never be involved in a racist incident. Either they accept that they have inherited this house of white supremacy, built by their forebears and willed to them, and they are now responsible for paying the taxes on that inheritance, or the status quo continues. I hope they will become radicalized by this moment and begin to fight fiercely for racial justice; but more than that, I hope they start at home, in their own minds and hearts. As I tell my students: a white person rushing to do racial justice work without first understanding the impacts, uses, and deceptions of their own whiteness is like an untrained person rushing into the ER to help the nurses and doctors—therein probably lies more harm than good.
“One thing though: don’t ask me how to start. That’s part of your work, too. The answers are all around you if you are willing to look and listen.”
This is not surprising when one considers the fact that much of the woke agenda comes from unbelievers trying to solve racial division through human theories. No believer should be shocked. Why would the unbelieving mind rely on anything except the unbeliever’s method to deal with what they believe to be the problem with our society?