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Christological View of Critical Race Theory

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Critical Race Theory from a Christological point of view relates to the teachings, deity, and life of Jesus Christ as compared to the 70-plus years of late 20th and early 21st century American racial thought.

What is Christology?

The study of all things related to the humanity, divinity, and philosophy of Jesus Christ, Christology covers a vast spectrum. Here focuses more on His philosophy using variations of His Scriptural teachings. Viewing Critical Race Theory from a Christ-specific perspective helps adherents to His teachings gauge how well we apply His principles.

Four Principles And Actions Guide Christological View of CRT:

  1. Belief,
  2. Change,
  3. Covenant,
  4. Certification.

Belief.

Faith is the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God exists and prescribes a method to living for all humanity.

Interestingly, CRT requires an act of faith on the assumptions provided by theorists regarding society suggesting there exists a threading racial component in Western culture, American culture specifically.

Change.

Jesus teaches love as an agent of change or repentance, making restitution for mistakes and offenses for absolution through His Grace.

Christ taught society needs to change its perspective starting from individuals to governments for the world to peaceably exist, benefiting humanity as a whole.

CRT suggest also change needs to occur in American society, where restitution occurs for the benefit of all citizens equally. The motivating factor differs.

Covenant.

An agreement to manifest a different nature, faith leading to repentance for the possibility of a better life benefiting all through Christ manifesting through baptism, represents the first promise, ordinance, or ritual sign of faith.

Critical Race Theory suggests such an outward expression, new covenant, or government, representing theorists' conceptions of what constitutes the equality of races in America--a new Constitution.

Certification.

Receiving the Holy Spirit, as a gift from an authorized representative of God to sanctify or certify the individual ordinance or outward physical covenant with God is the fourth of the principles and ordinances or covenants of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit testifies to covenant-takers of their new holy status as purified Saints of Christ, with the invitation to share as an outgrowth of their new reality.

Critical Race Theory theorists seek to evangelize citizens of the nation, seeking the authority of the people in its doctrine of political reformation as an ensample to Western Society.

The four principles and actions mirror the four principles and ordinances of the Gospel of Christ, faith in the Lord Jesus, repentance, baptism by full immersion in water, and receiving the Holy Ghost by laying on of hands of someone with priesthood authority.

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What is Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory changes too much to define it thoroughly. Even theorists within the umbrella of the theory struggle to find a common and complete theoretical construct other than to point out flaws, which is its purpose!

Like any other approach, CRT can be misunderstood and misapplied. It has been distorted and attacked. And it continues to change and evolve. The hope in CRT is in its recognition that the same policies, structures, and scholarship that can function to disenfranchise and oppress so many also holds the potential to emancipate and empower many. It provides a lens through which the civil rights lawyer can imagine a more just nation. [1]

The crux of the matter points excoriatingly that Critical Race Theory has a politically motivating beginning from the first grumblings that the Civil Rights Movement did nothing more than place a Band-Aid on a system needing brain and open heart surgery!

CRT is not a diversity and inclusion “training” but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship.[1]

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This is not a scholarly attempt to express, defend, or encourage the acceptance of Critical Race Theory. It is an attempt to see where the theory meets the understanding of an average American-loving actively practicing religious Christian, me.

The crux of the matter points excoriatingly that Critical Race Theory has a politically motivating beginning from the first grumblings that the Civil Rights Movement did nothing more than place a bandaid on a system needing brain and open heart surgery!

— Rodric Anthony Johnson

Defining Critical Race Theory

The ideology that political, social, and scientific structures of white American society must constantly endure the pragmatic sifting of egalitarianism in relation to specific racial minorities, critiquing and changing American society as a whole, stabbing at the underbelly of Americanism, and exposing racially aristocratic flaws at the foundations of the United States defines Critical Race Theory.

Adding amendments to the Constitution regarding rights for equal status of human trafficked captives and their descendants in an "explicitly racist" system does not create equality. Critical Race Theory seeks to explore the truth of the origins of American liberty.

Any development in white American Society that advances white privileged groups and oppresses minority groups in any form poses antithetical progress for The United States of America in racial equality as presently constituted.

Based on the above analysis of Critical Race Theory, I endeavor to proceed--owning responsibility for the definition of CRT conveyed in this article. An amalgamation of several sources filtered through my intellect, educated guess, and religious perspective produced the above explanation of Critical Race Theory and not one source.

Any development in Western Society that advances one group of people and oppresses another poses antithetical progress for humanity generally, “And” being the operative word.

Defining Race

In This Article, Specifically.

The lowercase “white” is my distinction for Critical Race Theory's definition of color as it relates to American Culture.

Uppercase White refers to a person’s racial/ethnic identity in America, which is fluidic in nature, ambiguous. "White" as a race of people refers to a large cross-section of Americans who mostly have European ancestry.

Uppercase Black distinction refers to those of African heritages in America who identify by description or ancestral linkages. The second-largest racial group (third-largest ethnic, Latino being second-largest ethnic conglomeration) in America, Black (African American, Negro, Afro-American, Colored) people overwhelming consist of descendants of American slaves enumerated such in the US Constitution.

Though custom dictates “white” and “black” in lowercase form seems amiable to describe race, I prefer upper-case to differentiate the color from the race--and in this article, the "culture of white" from the race of White.

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Christological Function of Critical Race Theory

Ethnic History Repeats

Paul. the ancient Jewish apostle of Jesus Christ appealed to his version of "white" America called the Roman Empire because his ethnic group did not agree with his inclusion of the Gentiles in the mysteries of Jehovah. His own people attempted to have him committed and killed, but what saved him was his Roman citizenship! His appeal, documented to Caesar in Acts chapter 25 of theHoly Bible, mirrors my appeal that liberty, an outgrowth of the zeal of a few now applies to all!Let the liberty for which America stands judge me, and it will, as Rome was to Paul.

I appeal to my nation, as did Paul to his Caesar, for judgment.

The Jews hated Roman rule to some extent--not all. CRT hates America to some extent--not all.

Paul wanted the Gentiles, Mediterranean White people (Italians and Greeks), to enjoy the same spiritual enlightenment the Jews experienced through his Faith as a follower of Christ. Paul, with liberal ideas of his faith, invited all people to partake of goodness through the teachings of Christ! In modern times, White Americans wanted to include the descendants of slaves and others in the liberties offered selectively at the beginning of this nation.

The Jews of Paul's time rejected adding outsiders until Peter changed it for the sect of Judaism that became Christianity. The Whites of the Framers of the Constitution's time rejected adding slaves as benefactors of the American freedom heritage until Abraham Lincoln changed it. History repeats with each generation attempting to reach a more perfect society, which comes only after "all come in the unity of the faith... And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you," Ephesians 4:13, 32.

Asserting Faith In This!

Time and effort exerted by striving parties to assert the true application of the rights enumerated by the Constitution--enumerated, not created--spawns the theory that those very guarantees lose efficacy because those who first recognized them excluded or denied those equalities to others.

Jesus Christ taught His disciples to love their enemies. As a Jewish man, Jesus' enemies came from His culture, His ethnic group! Does Critical Race Theory reflect my cultural ideas? Reasoning, alone makes me unsure. Reasoning and Christianity lead me to agree with CRT except for the creation of legislation to force US citizens to become better!

Lower-case white: the cultural constant that equals, with all its depravity and holiness, Western Society defines culturally most Americans of every race. Right now I am white--not White, the race.

I agree, racism plays its part in American history, and understand I why CRT theorists suggest it as a foundational anti-principle; but, and that is a big but, I differ with extremist CRT theorists in the application of the theory. As Janel George expresses, "the same policies, structures, and scholarship that can function to disenfranchise and oppress so many also holds the potential to emancipate and empower many." [2]

The idea of CRT is to do away with the current socio-economic structure of Western Society, which includes religion and politics, not just race. Critical Race Theory is so divisive in our society on purpose! It's a collection of reasoning to replace the current structure with something undetermined, but hopefully, better. I tend to agree with some of the claims of CRT. Our society is very racially charged, not because of skin color, but traditions and identity mores.

Jesus Christ's teachings fulfill Critical Race Theory expectations.

In the provincial government of Judea, political turmoil burned. Uprisings of Jewish patriots--Maccabees being the most famous--littered the history of the Jews since the Babylonian captivity, during the time of Christ. Rome exerted its control of the region allowing Jewish autonomy to an extent but giving no senatorial representation to Jewish interests in Rome.

The command that Jesus applauded, according to Luke, when a lawyer tried to trick Jesus into choosing one of the laws of Moses as better than the others to have a reason to arrest Him says it all: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself." [Luke 10:27]

Mark attributes the statement to Jesus, but the sentiment remains: If those of us who claim to follow Jesus Christ live these two commands, to love God and our neighbor the same as we loved ourselves would fulfill Critical Race Theory.

The purpose of the theory, to some, is to remove bias from American lives based on current cultural perceptions. CRT does, in its philosophical innards, deconstruct religion as one of the villains who upholds Western Society, especially in the United States. However, wisdom dictates that not all things perceived to form the source of a problem, are problems individually. Interpretation of religion without a divine source of precedents, such as commandments of God inherent in Scriptures, form problems.

The Hammer of Faith

Problems with a hammer only present themselves when the hammer's used to pound something besides a nail. Hammers make good tools with which to build. Religion too, a hammer, is a tool that builds great societies of beauty as long as it remains a tool and not the object of worship.

Religion, as taught by Jesus, is a tool of change that can end the division and hurt in society if applied in the correct manner according to the needs of each person. Putting a bulls-eye on His life, Jesus invites all humanity to also live lives of service, loving, and sacrifice for the benefit of all. Jesus willingly lived His teachings. He then died living them. He then resurrected living them.

Critical Race Theory fits the message of the Savior in that it takes away the importance of the system in place now to replace it with something better: Love. Love is service, kindness, sacrifice, gentleness, meekness, and equality. Love is more kindness, more sacrifice, more gentleness, more meekness, and equality.

Jesus promised to return, bringing with Him changes that will make all humanity equal in glory, power, and knowledge--having no poor or forgotten soul among us. That promise only exists for those who want true equality. It's called a celestial and/or terrestrial law. For those who do not seek equality, God has another place or status for them: telestial law, in my faith.

Critical race theory seems to seek for change in American culture by force and derision instead of by invitation. Any critical theory bases its assumption on the tenet that society's fundamentally flawed because of inequalities inherent by those wielding power. What CRT has in common with the teachings of Jesus Christ is: Societies are fundamentally flawed because of inequalities inherent in them by those wielding power.

Jesus wants to tear all of that power down by showing willing, willing listeners to His teachings a better way--making a paradigm shift. Instead of forcing society to acknowledge its wrongs and change through forced policies, He encourages self-reflection and change line upon line. CRT has good intentions but a fundamentally ineffective approach to change that will not work because it forces equality rather than invite unity.

What CRT has in common with the teachings of Jesus Christ is: Societies are fundamentally flawed because of inequalities inherent in them by those wielding power.

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America Is Free.

That means liberty to choose to live lives of love or some variation of something called love. Right now, that variation prevails collectively, not automatically individually. The Constitution keeps the freedoms of humanity in remembrance in case tyrants come directly to abscond liberty.

A war waged against freedom exists in the minds of Americans. One philosophy teaches the flaws of nations define them. The other teaches the successes of nations define them. The truth reveals that through flaws and successes nations forge ahead to last for centuries or die--beholden to the severity of the flaws or the affability of the successes. When freedom and invitation rule the day, a nation produces good citizens. Force and censure produce slaves and rebels.

Both CRT and the Gospel of Jesus Christ teach, "all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish" (Alma 34:9) except a change occur to stymie this decline. Jesus claims to prevent digression through His teachings actively applied through the faith of individuals, not the force of governmental interference as CRT would have it. If all people are good by force, not possible, then who's truly good in such a society?

The answers to the problems of America are found in living the teachings of Jesus, to love each other enough to defend each other's rights. Jesus willingly suffered for the sins of humanity so that all who change can enjoy eternity with Him. That sentiment of willingness is what will save the unity of the USA, regardless of the prescribed faith of the persons involved.

Everyone does not have to convert to Christianity to realize change if those claiming Christianity, most Americans, live Christ's teachings more fully--willingness to have compassion for others different from the norm, which is white (notice the lower-case white). This compassion includes a willingness to shift paradigms and see things from the place of others, as did Jesus. America is as free as the most powerful people are benevolent and just.

Source References

  • A Lesson on Critical Race Theory [1]
    Coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, Critical Race Theory is the practice of interrogating race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship.
  • U.S. Constitution - Legal Information Institute [2]
    We believe that everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. We carry out this vision by: Publishing law online, for free. Creating materials that help people understand law. Exploring new technologies that
  • Critical Race Theory | The First Amendment Encyclopedia
    Critical race theory scholars have advocated for hate speech laws and have said there is no value to protecting such speech under the First Amendment.
  • Understanding Critical Theory
    Critical theory is a type of philosophy that aims to critique society, social structures, and systems of power, and to foster egalitarian social change.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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