Toxic Wokeness: A Biblical Critique of Intersectionality

Intersectionality has become all the rage in a sizeable (and loud) portion of the American church in the last few years, and its effects are being felt in the ‘woke church’ movement. Recently, the Southern Baptist Convention issues a (in my opinion tepid) resolution addressing it that, while saying it’s beneath scripture it is a valid tool for assessing society. This is wrong.

To understand why intersectionality is so bad, we need to understand what it is and how it works. The first premise of intersectionality is that people are inherently oppressed, due to immutable characteristics, such as sex or skin tone, regardless of how they are actually treated in their daily lives. This is used to divide people into victim groups based on the aforementioned immutable characteristics.

The second premise of intersectionality is that the more oppressed you are, measured by how many victim groups you fall into, the more your thoughts and opinions matter.

Thus, more authority and (most important to the intersectional theorist) power is to be granted to those belonging to the most victim categories.

This system runs directly counter to James 2:1-9, in which James, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, calls out a specific example of partiality in the early church, then goes on to state that partiality is a sin, as it directly contradicts loving one’s neighbor. Intersectionality is nothing more than highly systematized partiality. Rather than favoring the rich over the poor, as happened in the early church, woke partiality favors particular immutable traits, such as skin color or sex. James, in a rhetorical question, asks of those who favor the rich man over the poor man “have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” The answer is yes. The people he was correcting were favoring the rich man because he had money. Intersectionality demands that the woke church favor more intersectional members over less intersectional ones, based on skin color, sex, etc. James was exceedingly clear that this is sinful in verses 8 and 9:

If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Now, if you watched the video, you’re aware of how intersectionality also dictates that the different ‘victim’ groups work together to expand their collective power. This is a serious danger to the church, because some of the so-called ‘victim’ groups in intersectionality embrace blatantly sinful lifestyles, such as homosexuality. This opens a door (more like a massive gate) for unrepentant sin to be celebrated in the church. We have seen this happen already in denominations like the Episcopal church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is also leading to the embrace of transgenderism, and will lead to the eventual embrace whatever else the radical Left (the purveyors of intersectionality) demands be celebrated (acceptance was never the goal). In addition to being sinful, intersectionality sets its adherents on course for apostasy.

Finally, another point James makes in verses 6 and 7 applies in this situation. In that time period, the rich people they were favoring were not friendly. Instead, the rich were the ones oppressing Christians, taking them to court, and generally expressing enmity. The same is true of leftists, the source of all things woke and intersectional. Just ask Mike Pence, who is universally reviled by the Left for holding to biblical positions on homosexuality, abortion and other social issues. Ask Jack Phillips, if you still doubt that the Left is anti-Christian (and anti-Christ). Faithful Christians are reviled by the Left. Worse, if you look at the leftmost fringe of the woke church, you can see this same disdain creeping in. Intersectionality is a divisive system, designed by worldly people to gain power for the sake of gaining power. Most importantly it is viciously opposed to Christ and His church. Why would we want to use their worldview in our churches?

Intersectionality is a terrible system that has no place in the church; not even as an analytical tool. It systematizes sinful behavior in such a way as to open the gateway to other sins, and ultimately apostasy. It also dehumanizes people by viewing them as only members of a group, rather than individuals made in the image of God. Intersectionality is highly toxic to any church, thus there can only be one reaction to attempts to introduce it into our churches.

 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 
James 2:8-9

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