I got WOKE this morning with a WOKE question.

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The Question:

What do you think about Dr. Anthony Bradley’s dissertation regarding the need to create a “distinctly black theology”? Is this different from cultural contextualization? Is it a good idea to speak of “black theology”?

Friends, I can hardly believe we even have to have such a discussion.

There is a name for the theology that seeks to break people into separate groups based on identity politics and that requires something different of different groups based on that identity. It isn’t “Black Theology.” It’s called the Galatian Heresy.

We have a whole book in the Bible answering this question: Galatians.

Read it. It covers the problems we are seeing today, including two prominent sins:

  • Failing to include others based on the recognition of our unity in Christ
  • Demanding works from others before being willing to call them a brother

**Cough cough, Thabiti “Gimme-That-Money” Anyabwile, I’m looking at you. Further reading here, here, here, here, and here.

***Also cough cough Kyle J. Howard

Thus says Paul and thus says the Lord:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Gal 1:8).

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 2:28).