Just finished the longish article linked below wherein the author gives 20 substantial reasons why WOKE isn’t going away and instead is going to bloom in the years ahead. I find his analysis irrefutable.
The article is not for those who desire to be pollyanna and neither is it for the “wishing and hoping” postmillennialists. It is a hard-nosed look at what must be overcome in order to clear the air of the smell of sulfur and brimstone. The article insists that the victory won’t be had in a day. It is a battle that will go on for at least one generation. As that is true the Church needs to start rolling up her sleeves to get to work.
Here is #21, which he didn’t mention.
21.) The Church as Institution is DEAD. There is no will in the pulpit to either understand WOKEism or to combat WOKEism as an attack on the fundamentals of Biblical Christianity. Indeed, the weight of the visible Church right now is putting its thumb on the scales to support WOKEism. Add to this that our pulpits are pathetic because our Seminaries are sinister. Seminaries are not training the future ministry to smell out WOKEism as Maoist Marxism. Quite to the contrary Seminaries are on the Cultural Revolution bandwagon. Keep in mind that I am not talking about Mainline Pulpits or Mainline Seminaries. I am talking about heretofore Conservative Churches and Conservative Seminaries.
How many of our Seminaries are offering courses on Cultural Marxism as the greatest current ideological Worldview challenge to Christianity extant? How many of our Seminaries are combatting Radical Two Kingdom Theology because it is WOKEism through the back door? Are our seminaries allowing their men to graduate without knowing the names of Herbert Marcuse, Antonio Gramsci, Theodore Adorno, and Wilhelm Reich? Are the fresh faces mounting pulpits for the first time aware of “the long march through the institutions,” “the F-scale,” or the new proletariat? Are they conversant with Critical Theory? Critical Race Theory? Intersectionality? If we don’t even know our enemies or their tactics how will we ever fight them?
This lack seems to be driven, at least somewhat, by the inability of the Church to do cultural theology. The Church remains trapped in the older theological models that refuse to engage a culture adrift. Add to that the eschatological teleology that most theologies are packed with and the recipe is a certain inability to resist and overcome this cultural moment. This cultural moment is not going to give Churches the option to just withdraw. If the church will not resist the church will be assimilated — assimilation we already see as being widespread.