“Though many prominent evangelicals have jumped on the victimhood bandwagon, others are protesting the incompatibility of the Christian faith with the promotion of collective blame. One such dissenter, Darrell Harrison, laments the way his fellow black evangelicals are being seduced by leftist ideology and neglecting Gospel proclamation.
(Bruce W. Davidson – American Thinker) With astonishing speed, the evangelical world has been invaded by social justice ideology. In a recent podcast, the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention (until now a theologically conservative body), J.D. Greear, highlighted “white privilege” as a serious moral issue for Christians. Likewise, David Platt, former president of the SBC’s International Mission Board, browbeat evangelicals for having too much of the same skin color: “Why are so many of our churches so white?”
At another historically conservative denomination, the Presbyterian Church of America, things are not any better. Its institution and my own alma mater, Covenant Seminary, hosted a conference on race whose onetime director was a Black Lives Matter activist. Furthermore, the seminary and the PCA denomination as a whole have been embroiled in controversy over the Revoice Conference, which promotes the idea of LGBT victimhood.
Though these evangelicals may be “woke” about some issues, they are definitely asleep about others. For instance, concern about the plight of the aborted unborn has been waning among them. In a YouTube video, a recent graduate of the SBC’s Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary observes that these days, one frequently hears about social justice issues on campus but rarely about abortion. Among woke evangelicals, ironically, victimhood ideology has managed to push into the shadows conspicuous sins against present-day victims. This reveals a significant corruption of conscience.