In some ways, Christless conservatism can be more tempting for many Christians than critical theory, since many people conflate conservatism with Christianity. However, conservatism without Christ is only philosophically and socially better than critical theory—nothing more. Conservatism without Christ—without the gospel—is just as damning as critical theory. Without Christ, conservatives like Thomas Sowell are just as lost as critical theorists like Robin DiAngelo.
I’m consistently insulted by others because of my words about social justice. They say I’m an uncle Tom, a coon, or a sellout. People I considered dear friends now consider me their enemy. I’ve become accustomed to being shamed and shunned by others because I do not support Black Lives Matter and social justice.
But throughout all that, I wasn’t ashamed of the gospel. I wasn’t tempted to compromise—until now.
When I suggested on Twitter in July that I was considering writing a review of White Fragility, my tweet went viral. It was “liked” by almost 20,000 people and read by almost 2 million people. Some of the people who read the tweet subsequently followed me on Twitter, including well-known and respected conservatives.
Some of these influential conservatives are New York Times best-sellers, Founding editors of major media outlets, and powerful journalists. But especially, they’re not Christians.
I was shocked that I received their attention. Then gradually, I wondered how I could maintain their attention.