In recent weeks, the military’s promotion of Critical Race Theory (CRT) within its ranks came to the attention of most Americans. This concept teaches that the most important thing about any individual is their race. Their behavior, actions, values, and character mean nothing. Race and color are all that matter about anyone.
If you haven’t noticed, CRT bears a scary likeness to the Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda of the 1930s and early 1940s. For years, the Nazis conditioned the German people to believe that the Jews of Europe were the evil element in society and the cause for all of Germany’s woes. Consequently, they tolerated violence against them and gave tacit approval to the Holocaust.
But try to see the bigger picture. Critical Race Theory is only a means to an end in the hands of Marxism. It’s just one weapon among many in Marxism’s arsenal for the total acquisition of power. Marxism cares nothing about racial equity or social justice. CRT is simply one of its methods to divide America.
America’s political arm, media, and academia pushing CRT see themselves as an enlightened elite. They’re a minority – and they’ll always be a minority. But if they gain total control in America, they’ll truly become the privileged ruling class. This is always the outcome in Marxist ideologies regimes. The power and privileges belong to a few (the party members) who rule over the working class.
When this happens, you can kiss goodbye any racial equality, affirmative action, and multiculturalism – along with individual rights. Those concerns were only tools to be used to divide us, nothing more. In any country, Marxism always wages a war of criticism against the values and government of the nation it wishes to overthrow (e.g. “Critical Theory”). It promotes class warfare and racial tensions. It reconstructs history into a dark tale of injustice and oppression. It inspires fear, discontent, and suspicion in the minds of people. It weakens a country, and thus leaves it more prone to be overthrown. And, at the present time, CRT is serving that purpose.
Contempt Toward America
How times have changed! When I first entered the Army in the mid-1980s, my drill sergeants – all of whom were African American – said this to us recruits. “We don’t care about your color. We don’t want to hear about your color. You’re in the Army now, and there’s only one color in the Army. It’s green.”
This obviously wasn’t “white supremacy.” It was “green supremacy.” Our drill sergeants were trying to subordinate all the recruits’ personal prejudices to the Army’s values. Generally speaking, they were promoting unity in the ranks of the Army.
During the Vietnam War and through the 1970s, racial tensions wreaked havoc on the Army’s ability to fight. Therefore, its leaders sought a policy to promote unit cohesion – the biggest determiner for success on the battlefield.
But didn’t the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stand up for Critical Race Theory? Yes. And I’m not sure why he supports such a destabilizing worldview. But most veterans will attest to the fact that many of the military’s senior leaders are pure politicians. These types of leaders are not looking out for the welfare of the men and women who serve beneath them. They’re trying to please the leaders above them. And they’ll do whatever is advantageous to their own career progression and their future political and professional goals.
However, these senior military leaders by no means speak for most Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen. Much of our military is patriotic in its sentiments. At least, such is the case at the present time. I suspect that the military’s senior leadership is gearing up to purge its ranks of all patriotic feelings. Therefore they’re embracing CRT, which promotes contempt toward America.
Escalations of Violence
Ever since the events of January 6, 2021, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been very vocal about who he views as the real enemy of America. It’s not the mobs who burned American cities. It’s not the media which celebrated and encouraged this violence and vandalism. Nor is it the perpetrators of escalating handgun violence in our cities. No, the Chairman views the “2nd Amendment crowd” of America’s heartland as the real threat. So, don’t be shocked if he becomes a willing accomplice in treading upon the Constitutional rights of his own fellow Americans.
But what is the believing Christian’s response to all of this? Well, all followers of Jesus need to renew their allegiance to the Lord who called and saved them. No matter how many injustices they suffer, they still have an obligation to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them (Matthew 5:38-48). They need to stay focused on their Lord, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2). They need to always remember Him “who endured such intense hostility from sinners” lest they “grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3).
God promises us that He’ll give us grace and comfort in times of affliction and weakness (2 Corinthians 1:3-5; 12: 7-10). He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Therefore, no matter how chaotic things become, circumstances will never be out of control for the believer. Nothing can separate them from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39).
However, Christian believers need to examine how Critical Race Theory measures up to the Bible. CRT is all about looking for evil in others. Yet the Scripture clearly condemns all these things. For instance, Jesus said, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5). CRT is the ultimate fault-finding trip. Its adherents only see evil in others, but not in themselves.
The Scripture teaches that all of us are sinners, guilty before the Judgment Seat of God (Romans 3:8-23; 14:10-12). Our only hope of forgiveness and salvation is to acknowledge our sin, confess it, and plead for God’s mercy (Luke 18:9-14; 1 John 1:7-10). Self-righteousness, coupled with a fault-finding spirit, is abhorrent in the sight of God (Isaiah 64:6). The correct attitude for every person is humility and repentance.
And for those who refuse to forgive others, there will be no forgiveness from God. “Judgment will be merciless to the one who has shown no mercy” (James 2:13). Jesus stated in no uncertain terms that God will withhold forgiveness from the one who does not forgive others (Matthew 6:12, 14-15; 18:21-35). Only those who are merciful will obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7).
CRT promotes grievances and the condemnation of others. Have we forgotten Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1-2? “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Clearly, if we embrace Critical Race Theory, facing our final Judge will be a terrifying experience. If we spend our lives being hypervigilant, or “woke,” toward the faults of others, yet utterly blind to our own, God will apply that same merciless scrutiny on us.
Hold Onto Life
Critical Race Theory is a hate-based concept. There’s always some group of people to hate and wage war against. Presently, aside from the injustices faced daily by POC individuals, in America the group to hate are those people of European descent. According to CRT, they are what’s wrong with America. But once they’re eliminated or overthrown, another scapegoat will be found. There will always be some group to hate.
But if you are a Christian believer, what does your hatred of others do to your relationship with God? John the apostle explains that we cannot love God yet hate our fellow human beings. “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen” (1 John 4:20). He also said, “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15). Therefore, all of us have this choice. We can hold onto our hatred or hold onto eternal life. God will not allow us to do both.
Choose To Serve Jesus
Friend, God calls us to rise above our fears, suspicions, and hatred. Everyone suffers injustices. When they do, they must choose between one of two responses. They can nurse the grievance and be consumed by anger, hatred, and self-pity. Or they can forgive the offense, turn to Jesus, and find grace, forgiveness, and healing in His embrace.
Just think of the innumerable injustices Jesus suffered – yet forgave. Doesn’t He understand and feel the pain of your heart? He most certainly does. “In all our affliction, He was afflicted” the Bible tells us (Isaiah 63:9). You’ll always find a compassionate and empathetic friend in Jesus.
And won’t Jesus take whatever evil others commit against you and cause it to work out for your eternal good. Indeed, He will. This is what God did for Joseph (Genesis 50:20). God did this for Israel also, when Balaam tried to curse them. The Scripture says God turned the curses into blessings (Deuteronomy 5:23). And Paul the apostle tells us God causes all things, both good and evil, to work together for our eternal good (Romans 8:28).
So, the Christian response to Critical Race Theory is the same as with any cause, philosophy, or crusade that demands our allegiance. We always choose to serve Jesus Christ and to love one another as He commanded us (John 13:34-35).
Dear Father in heaven, please pour forth Your Holy Spirit upon the people of America. Breathe a revival across our land. By Your Spirit turn our hearts to You in faith and repentance and to each other in love and reconciliation. Please take the poison from our hearts and replace it with Your love. Save, O God, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Information from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_race_theory; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zy6DQoRYQw; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uf-HoXnL8E
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.