I’ve been thinking a lot on the theological implications of Critical Race Theory.
Philosophically, there are gnostic components to CRT in that it entails a belief there is a physical “limitation” (a lack of melanin) that leaves one unaware of their inherent racism. They don’t (even can’t?) know something because of a material aspect of their humanity. That’s bad. Truly. However, what I think is worse is the aberrant theology of it.
CRT has several theological errors, but one of the most, if not the most grievous error, is antinomianism.
It arises from the view that a certain group of people will never be liberated from a particular manifestation of a certain sin.
Racism is a manifestation of the particular sin of hatred of malice. A hatred of malice violates many other principles (sin travels in packs after all) but specifically it violates a failure to recognize the dignity and worth of a fellow image bearer so much so you wish harm upon them.
Racism is a particular manifestation of this sin because it is rooted in a belief that due to one’s genetic makeup they are elevated above others. One sees themselves as having more value merely because of their biology. This leads to all manner of violence and oppression of the groups they see as less than. (I don’t think I need to cite sources to prove my point. )
Advocates of CRT typically contend white people are racist because they benefit from a system that is rooted in racism. Even if they are unaware of it (that’s the gnostic component) they are guilty nonetheless. Moreover, this is something we will never be rid of. It will always be in you. Our task is to recognize it while also realizing we will never be rid of it.
And this is where antinomianism comes in to play.
If someone is a Christian, and white, we are left with a particular manifestation of the sin of malicious hatred being irredeemable. It would mean Christ’s atonement is not sufficient and the Holy Spirit is powerless to sanctify us out of it. Because the contention is it will never go away, the conclusion is we just have to live with it.
I can’t think of any manifestation of particular sins that Scripture suggests we accept as part of our essence. I realize we will have sin in our lives. For example, malicious hatred will crop up in certain areas. But when we recognize a particular manifestation of it (when we are convicted of it) we should seek to mortify it. Yet CRT would have us believe there is no hope to mortify a particular instance of a certain sin.
This is tantamount to saying, you just have to live with a sin and there is nothing that can be done about it. It entails being content with something in your life that is unholy.
I my estimation, that is textbook antinomianism.
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