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John Piper warns Christians against Critical Race Theory that makes god of self

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Theologian John Piper weighed in on critical race theory, describing it as making a god of oneself, but also cautioned believers not to wrongly place that label on others for voicing their concerns.

In a two-part installment on his Desiring God podcast, the Reformed theologian explained that it’s vital to have honest conversations about racial injustices and not get lost in labels that are assigned as the theory is scrutinized and contested in culture.

Piper said that an African American pastor from Philadelphia he recently spoke with said he had to look up what critical race theory even was after having been told he was a captive to it when he said something needed to change following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

“I’m being given a label that I don’t really want to be talking about. I want to be talking about the death that is in the street, and the disparities like COVID having a disproportionate impact on people of color. We see these disparities across education, health care, economics. I would rather talk about that. But any time you talk about that in Christian circles, you are given this title [of Critical Race Theory],” the pastor said, as quoted by Piper.

“More energy is being devoted to the tethering of Critical Race Theory to what we are saying than is being devoted to the problem of racism itself,” the pastor said. “The problem is that the church is being brought ethical concerns but responding epistemologically, like asking a man who tells you he is bleeding: “How did you come to that conclusion?”

Piper advised that “Christians should be so careful not to slander a brother with pejorative labels that we go the extra mile to make sure we know whether his actions and statements are really owing to his infection with the lethal aspects of Critical Race Theory or not.”

Yet, the theory deserves criticism because it is fundamentally self-centered, he added.

The theory is causing such division among Christians because “in its mainstream expression — it is another manifestation of the age-old enslavement of the fallen human heart to self-deification (“I will be my own god”), and self-definition (“I will define my own essential identity”), and self-determination (“I will decide my own truth and my own morality, without deference to any authority outside myself”),” Piper continued.

The theologian went on to explain how critical theorists attempt to explain society viewed through the lens of interconnected groups and power dynamics, particularly how it posits who constitutes an oppressor and who is oppressed.

While legitimate concerns about power relationships might be at the start of Critical Theory, it has morphed into a wide variety of grievances all centered around the identity of one oppressor group and the privilege they wield over an oppressed group, he explained. Critical Race Theory, then, aims to deal with the power issues that have been historically in play among racial groups.

Piper’s deepest objection to the theory is that at its root, it holds that “a person’s essential identity is self-chosen, self-constructed, not God-designed or God-given.”

“Or another way to say it would be that, when it comes to our own identity, we are our own god. We do not acknowledge or submit to any divine truth or morality as above us, constraining or limiting our own self-definition, self-construction,” he said.

“When God is out of the picture, what’s left to determine right and wrong, and what our true identity is, is personal autonomy (self-definition, self-determination). And if you reject such personal autonomy as the final arbiter of right and wrong, then within the framework of God-evicting Critical Race Theory, the only explanation left for your behavior is your own will to power.”

Critical Race Theory also fails because it confronts challenges in a way that is ultimately futile because it diminishes the work of Christ, the theologian said.

“Inside Critical Race Theory, God is small and negligible. The Bible is small and negligible. Truth is small and negligible. And evil is big, and there is no answer for it. It is a hopeless path.”

“But inside that infallible word called the Bible, there is an absolutely explosive redemption, and blood-bought reconciliation, and Christ-exalting harmony. And the failures of the church, historically and today, cannot cancel it.”

The rising influence of Critical Race Theory has become an issue within many evangelical churches and has caused a stir within the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention.

In February, the Conservative Baptist Network was launched in part because of Resolution 9 at the 2019 annual meeting, when messengers adopted a measure stating that Critical Race Theory and intersectionality are useful analytical lenses.

Despite the wording of the resolution, which held that the theories “should only be employed as analytical tools subordinate to Scripture — not as transcendent ideological frameworks,” the network founders maintain that the inroads these lenses have made into Southern Baptist life are paving the way to greater doctrinal compromise and spiritual deception.

Sources: Christian post

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ക്രൈസ്തവഹത്യക്ക്‌ കുപ്രസിദ്ധി നേടി നൈജീരിയ.. ആറുമാസത്തിനിടെ നൈജീരിയിൽ മാത്രം കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ടത് 3000ലധികം ക്രൈസ്തവർ.

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നൈജീരിയ: ക്രൈസ്തവഹത്യക്ക്‌ കുപ്രസിദ്ധി നേടി നൈജീരിയ കഴിഞ്ഞ ആറ് മാസത്തിനിടയിൽ നൈജീരിയയിൽ മാത്രം കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ടത് 3462 ലധികം ക്രൈസ്തവരെന്ന് റിപ്പോർട്ട്.ക്രിസ്ത്യാനികള്‍ക്ക് നേരിടേണ്ടി വരുന്ന മതപീഡനങ്ങളെ കുറിച്ച് പരിശോധിച്ചുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ‘ദി ഇന്റര്‍നാഷ്ണല്‍ സിവില്‍ ലിബര്‍ട്ടീസ് ആന്‍ഡ്‌ റൂള്‍ ഓഫ് ലോ’ ആണ് ഞെട്ടിപ്പിക്കുന്ന റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് പുറത്തുവിട്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്.
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2021 ജനുവരി മുതല്‍ ഏപ്രില്‍ വരെയുള്ള കണക്കുകളുടെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തില്‍ മെയ് 11ന് പുറത്തുവിട്ട റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടില്‍ 1,470 ക്രിസ്ത്യാനികളാണ് കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്. എന്നാല്‍ മെയ് 1 മുതല്‍ ജൂലൈ 18 വരെയുള്ള 80 ദിവസങ്ങള്‍ക്കുള്ളില്‍ കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ട ക്രിസ്ത്യാനികളുടെ എണ്ണം 1,992 അണ്. ഈ എണ്‍പതു ദിവസങ്ങള്‍ക്കുള്ളില്‍ 780 ക്രിസ്ത്യാനികള്‍ തട്ടിക്കൊണ്ടുപോകലിന് ഇരയായെന്നും റിപ്പോർട്ടിൽ പറയുന്നു.കൂടാതെ 2021 ജനുവരി മുതല്‍ ഇതുവരെ മുന്നൂറിലധികം ദേവാലയങ്ങളാണ് നൈജീരിയായിൽ നശിപ്പിക്കപ്പെട്ടത്, ഇതേകാലയളവില്‍ തന്നെ ചുരുങ്ങിയത് പത്തിലധികം വൈദികരെയും മിഷനറിമാരെയും തീവ്രവാദികൾ കൊല്ലപ്പെടുകയോ തട്ടിക്കൊണ്ടുപോകപ്പെടുകയോ ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ടെന്നും റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടില്‍ പറയുന്നു.
Sources:marianvibes

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Police Clarify No Burning of Church in North Sumatra

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Indonesia– The Indonesian police clarify that a recent brawl did not specifically target a local church, although the church was affected.

A brawl that took place on July 21 in the Medan Belawan area, North Sumatra became violent, as local youths threw Molotov cocktail towards the homes in the neighborhood, though it landed in a Pentecostal church instead.

According to CNN Indonesia, the Head of Public Relations of the North Sumatra Police, Kombes Hadi Wahyudi said on Thursday, “No church was burned. There were several houses that had been damaged, there were stalls that caught fire on the side of the road. The throwing also hit the church yard and hit the church door.”

He reassured that the brawl that occurred was not related to ethnic, religious, racial and interfaith issues. According to him, these brawls often occur between local youth groups even though they have often been mediated.

The Pentecostal church confirmed to the police that there was no damage to the church. Activities at the Pentecostal Church were not disturbed and proceeded normally as usual, according to the police.

The six provocateurs of the action have been arrested by the police and asked to sign a peace letter so that they would not repeat their actions again. Currently, investigators are still pursuing the other parties involved.
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