Intentionally, and especially with our own kids, we must talk about and treat every human being as essentially valuable as image bearers of God, and as equally fallible because of their common descent from Adam and Eve. These are essential truths about the world and people and are far better ideas than the ones assumed by the critical theory mood. Ideas are especially dangerous when assumed, as C.S. Lewis once put it, so we must also not allow the bad ideas to go unchallenged, lest they become normalized.
Just when we were climbing out of the pit of racism created by our ancestors, we are being dragged back into it—exchanging one form of racism for another. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a denial of God’s grace and ought to be resisted by God’s people. That said, Christians should avoid overreactions to CRT proponents’ actions.
On Saturday, Glenn Allen Youngkin became Virginia’s 74th governor, saying he would “restore trust in the government and restore power to the people.” In his first moves in office, Youngkin issued executive orders that did away with mask mandates in schools and COVID-19 vaccine requirements for state workers. He also prohibited the teaching of controversial concepts like Critical Race Theory in public schools.
To have a Christian worldview is to hold views that are consistent with the Bible, not to only have views that are in the Bible. The problem with Critical Race Theory is not that it isn’t found in the Bible; it’s that it offers a very different explanation of humanity, sin, and redemption than the Bible does.
The only way for us not to fall in the wrong direction is to join in the story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. This is the grand narrative of Christ redeeming His creation, using His people throughout the ages to work for the well-being of others and to change society. Until Christ comes again, the hurting will always be with us. But that doesn’t mean we should tolerate it.