Critical race theory is being used by many people as a weapon and many people are not taking the time to dig into what CRT actually is. Is critical race theory a tool that Christians can use? Absolutely. Is it a tool that Christians will use to direct church doctrine? No. As Christians we must be nuanced and distinct in our response to CRT.
Articles – Racism
Articles that address racism.
Lamont English tells it like it is by stating that Christians are treating critical race theory in the 2020’s the same way white Christians treated racism and white supremacy in the 1960’s by blanket labeling it communist and Marxist. Sure, there are parts of critical race theory that Christians should reject, but there are also useful parts. At the very least Christians should do their homework and not parrot platitudes.
Priest Tish Harrison Warren argues that the church’s response to racism should be different then the worlds – we should be able to admit systemic racism while also moving past the guilt and shaming of others and ourselves. We love the both/and worldview of this article.
Dating back to the 1800’s with the Chinese Exclusion Act to the Immigration Act of 1927 to putting Japanese into interment camps during World War II to the current wave of of violence against Asians in the 2000’s there have been countless waves of anti-Asian laws and sentiment in the United States. Asian American Christian Collaborative president Raymond Chang says Christians and the church must speak up and declare that Asian Lives Matter.
Christians may disagree on whether police reform is needed or if it is needed to what extent. Regardless of that debate writer Charles Holmes Jr. says that Christians need to lead by example and get involved in law enforcement “to exemplify what love and true service in minority and poor communities looks like.”
Taking a nuanced view leads to tension and oftentimes that tension is where we Christians need to be. Author Randy Alcorn says that, “just as bad cops deserve to be condemned and prosecuted, good cops deserve to be praised and commended.” We couldn’t agree more.
A clearly written article from a Catholic point of view that points out that the dehumanization and harm done to people made in the image of God should be of more concern to Christians than the destructions of Holy relics or property that is replaceable.
A collection of seven succinct articles penned by black pastors, authors and one former policeman following the murder of Michael Brown in 2014. Stacy Hillard’s, Leonce Crump’s part 1 and Bryan Loritts articles are standouts. A good three or four presses of the page down key should get you to the start of each article – it is worth the extra work.
A raw, openhearted reply by an Black American man after he is asked how he is doing after seeing another Black American man killed at the hands of a cop.
Though written for Asian American’s, this article is applicable to everyone.