The words we use matter. Therefore when we use words, especially words that are intended as an insult, we should be fully aware of their history and meaning. Unfortunately many Christians use woke as an insult ignorant of the terms history. One way we can show respect to our fellow image bearers is by learning about the history of a word. By reading, listening to, and watching the various forms of media below you should have the start of a well-rounded understanding of the word woke and why Christians should stop using it as a pejorative.
Just six minutes and two videos is all it takes to quickly learn about the origins of the word woke, its many definitions, and why we should ask people what they mean when they use the term before engaging in a conversation.
Few Christian books can integrate and appeal to Scripture without sounding preachy, pretentious, or perfunctory. Even more so when an author takes on a polarizing subject such as guns. And yet this is what Michael W. Austin's God and Guns in America excels at. Biblically rooted as well logically sound Austin's approachable writing style is like sitting with a friend telling you how and why they arrived at a conclusion - in this case his view on guns/gun violence through a Christian lens.
An excellent deep dive replete with songs, video, and tweets that traces the origin of woke, its multiple definitions, and how it is being used in our current cultural moment.
Two notable tweet threads from author Dr. Esau McCaulley and Love Thy Neighborhood founder Jesse Eubanks on why we need to be need to be thoughtful with the words we use and not parrot partisan lexicon.
For those wondering if the issue with policing is a couple of bad officers or if it is the system, 28-year law enforcement veteran Matthew Horace unequivocally paints a picture of a broken system in his memoir The Black and the Blue. Before critiquing the system, Horace unequivocally says he is a cop while also being unequivocally a black man. He has lived on both sides of a police gun.
A call to Christians to think about the words we use and to stop using the word "woke" as a pejorative.
In just four minutes Justin Giboney breaks down the origins of the word woke and encourages Christians to use words charitably. Skip to 7 minutes to get to the interview.
A quick primer on the origins of the term woke. A must read for a term that has made its way into everyday American vernacular.
What is Juneteenth? Why do we celebrate it? How should we celebrate it? After reading the following articles, listening to the podcast, and watching the show you should have a decent understanding of what the holiday is and why we celebrate and/or commemorate it.