It seems that the PCA leaders justify the protests because of “the evils of personal and systemic racism in our country, our church, and our own hearts.” While their statement does not put the terms ‘white’ and ‘privilege’ together or directly blame whites for their inherent racism, the PCA leaders words of repentance appear to be not so much for themselves but for all whites, or at least white Christians.
Only hours after one of her churches had been set afire by rioters in Washington, D.C., the Right Reverand Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, chose to aim her harsh words at President Donald Trump.
“We align ourselves with those seeking justice for the death of George Floyd and countless others. And I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen,” she said.
What had drawn her ire was the president holding up a Bible while visiting St. John’s Episcopal Church.
It is not just the so-called mainline churches, though, that turn a blind eye to the damage being done to buildings, culture, and race relations in our country by the rise of progressive liberalism. Churches considered to be conservative and evangelical also suffer blindness in this area as worldliness slowly displaces biblical wisdom.
Filmmaker Ami Horowitz just released a video of interviews he conducted with some of the Minneapolis protesters. One female protester told him, “This country was built on violence and when people had enough of the violence y’all have against us and we give it back to y’all, y’all wanna be mad.”
A male protester spoke in similar terms, “Google, Microsoft, all that bull****, that’s all built up, that’s all slavery money. So when we take it back, or we burn it down, yeah. We gonna take what’s ours. You ain’t gonna give it up? Okay you ain’t having it no more.”
Another protester added, “America has it coming.” Finally, when asked by Horowitz if “we have to burn it down to rebuild it without racism,” a female protester responded, “Yes, that makes total sense.”
Where did these protesters get the idea that America was built on the backs of slaves? That big businesses today have been financed by slave money? That the only way to eliminate white privilege and systemic racism in the United States today is to burn it down and rebuild?
In recent years, these ideas have been pushed through such secular concepts as Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Unfortunately, these worldly ideas have also crept into many Christian denominations, including the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
The result is portions of these concepts have become part of the formal and informal language of these denominations. Thus, not only are they unable to counter the false teachers of the world on racial issues, too often they actually assist them in building the narrative that is driving the protests taking place in our country today.
In 2019, the Southern Baptist Convention took a resolution designed to warn against Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality and turned it into a resolution in support of those concepts. Josh Buice explains what intersectionality is:
Intersectionality as it has been defined, is discrimination based on overlapping layers of individual classes of discrimination. It’s when a person is subjected to discrimination for more than one classification such as a woman who is black and lesbian. She would classify, under this line of reasoning, for three basic discriminatory marks—being a woman, who is black, and is also a lesbian. According to the definition of intersectionality, where these three marks “intersect” is the focus of her greatest and most severe discrimination which places her at the greatest risk of oppression in our culture.