A former church of mine has gone ‘woke’ and barely quotes the Bible anymore.
For those that say, but being a ‘woke church’ is good because we need to mindful of those who are oppressed, slurred or marginalized, I say this: these things are addressed quite CLEARLY in the Bible. The social issues of our society can be handled not by platitudes or pandering, but by turning to Scripture.
We don’t need to remake the church, we need to revitalize the church.
It’s Biblical to treat everyone equally: “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Mark 12:31). It’s Biblical to not be racist: “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,” (Galatians 3:28). We are all made in God’s image: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them,” (Genesis 1:27). It’s Biblical to take care of the less fortunate: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world,” (James 1:27). Etcetera…it’s all there.
If we read, understand and APPLY the teachings God gave us, we don’t have to be ‘woke’ because we should already be living it out.
It makes me sad that our former church doesn’t see the connection between Biblical teaching and societal issues. As if the current movements today are brand new! Nothing is new. Being ‘woke’ isn’t new; racial tensions and oppression isn’t new; government overreach isn’t new. Thousands of years of human history prove otherwise. And, the great thing is that the Bible addresses Every. Single. Issue.
We really did love that misguided church, even through the “big break” when half the congregation left. There was a huge dispute over the direction dictated by the new leadership team, and many felt they were straying from the Gospel.
Still, we stayed, and prayed because we loved our church.
You can’t cherry-pick Scripture to fit your ideology. It doesn’t work like that.
But, as time went on, things started to change. Leadership made decisions that didn’t make sense from a Biblical perspective. Our eyes were opened to the cherry-picking of Scripture to match a social and political ideology, the stereotypical assumption that every white person is racist and every black person is oppressed, which is pathologically ridiculous, because racism is rampant in all races. The Chinese immigrants in California look down their noses at what they call the “ABC’s” or the American Born Chinese. And, while it’s politically correct to lump all Latinos together, don’t tell me that my Puerto Rican immigrant friends and Cuban immigrant friends are anywhere nearly aligned!
Oppression knows no bounds.
Anyone can be oppressed, you don’t need a special melatonin level in your skin for that. Did you know that there are over 40 million people living in slavery at this very moment?! The Global Slavery Index in 2018 estimates that roughly 40.3 million individuals are trapped in modern slavery. About 70% of those are women, and a quarter of them are children. This is despicable! I don’t understand the notion of monetary reparations to the great-great-grandchildren of slaves in the United States while women and children are currently enslaved in our world! Shouldn’t we be worried about their plight?
Millions of enslaved people in the world need our help!
I’d love to see the great-great-grandchildren of slave owners and the great-great-grandchildren of slaves fighting together for modern day enslaved individuals! Wouldn’t that be cool?
[To help, please visit this link to Anti-Slavery International: https://www.antislavery.org/]
God finally placed it on our hearts to leave the socially conscious church. So, we did. And, today, I pray for them because they are lost.
Churches aren’t perfect, because humans aren’t perfect.
Having been involved in the inner workings of churches, I have seen things regular members and attenders do not, and I must say that I do really hate the ‘business machine’ side of it.
I have a friend who is part of the ‘home church’ movement and that appeals to me, but churching ‘at home’ isn’t infallible: sin can be anywhere humans live.
I love churches, and I love my current church so much! But, all churches are flawed. Why? Any organization, whether it be a church or a home church or a small group, will never, ever be perfect because churches are made up of people, and people cannot be perfect.
The grace of Jesus accounts for our sinful nature, and covers us in His righteousness. We need a Savior to be our sacrificial lamb and make our sins white as snow.
Teach the Gospel, and love others.
God knows which churches are trying to teach the Gospel and love others, and which churches are trying to appeal to our culture and society with slogans and sanctimonious flair.
If we just stick to Scripture and God’s direction, we can salve the wounds of our neighbors and comfort those in pain through Christ’s love. Read the Bible for more tips!