Beloved, although I was eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3
Sunday we will be starting through the book of Jude. The overarching theme of Jude is the appeal in verse 3 to “contend for the faith.” Jude said he would rather write about our salvation but it was necessary to urge his readers to contend for the faith. I agree with Jude in that I would rather talk and write about the gospel and the glorious gift of salvation that is available through faith in Jesus. Paul reminded Timothy that in the last days people would no longer endure sound teaching but prefer to have their ears tickled. I think Paul’s warning to Timothy leads naturally into Jude’s appeal for us to “contend for the faith.”
One subject that we are hearing more and more about these days is what is referred to as “critical race theory.” A discussion of critical race theory (CRT) became front and center at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention and the most of us were unfamiliar with the teachings of CRT. A couple years later, more and more people have begun to research the premises and teachings of CRT because it is now being taught and pushed in many of our schools, colleges, and even some churches.
I am by no means an expert on CRT but I feel it is past time for me to share some of the premises of CRT. I am attempting to be as fair as possible as I share some of the assumptions made by CRT. The first and foremost premise of CRT is that America (culture, society, laws and government) are inherently racist and “oppressed” groups will continue to be disadvantaged until racist structures are acknowledged and replaced. CRT was developed out of Marxist ideology and divides people into categories of “privileged” and “oppressed.” Critical race theory is often presented as a solution to white nationalism or white supremacy.
Biblically, we know that racism and showing partiality is sinful. As Christians, we acknowledge our need to examine our hearts and repent of areas of prejudice and racism. However, when we evaluate the teachings of CRT, we recognize that most of the premises behind CRT are contrary to the teachings of Scripture. People are not to be defined by their race, color or class but rather by their individual actions and deeds. Galatians 3:28 says, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” As such, we are responsible for our actions and cannot excuse our actions by claiming to be “oppressed,” “privileged,” or any other “label” somebody might like to claim.
There are several other premises for CRT and I would encourage you to do your own investigations and come to your own conclusions. I think that as Christians we should be informed about various worldviews and especially those worldviews that are impacting our children. I was even willing to run for and serve on the school board in Garrard County because I felt like I needed to practice what I preached in regards to being involved in what our children are being taught in our public school systems. I think we need Christians involved in every area of life and government. Specifically, we need Christians with biblical worldviews and values to let their voices be heard in regards to decisions that affect our children and society in general. We have lost enough moral ground all ready.
In conclusion, issues of racism, prejudices, and injustices are important to God and should be uncovered and addressed in a God-honoring manner that aligns with sound biblical teachings. Critical race theory is clearly an unbiblical approach and should be called out as such. Let us do all we can to love and care for the needy, hurting, and suffering people in our communities. Let us be a people who stand on the truths of God’s word. Let us also be reminded that people’s greatest need is the gospel of Jesus Christ.