If you are like me, a lot of the new words being thrown around in the news today are confusing. One of them is “ Critical Theory” and another is “Wokeism”.
Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK) is a term referring to awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial equality, and it has also been used to refer to awareness about broader social inequality on issues such as gender and sexual orientation.
There is a new religion called wokeism. It is growing very fast in our country. This religion masquerades under the guise of compassion and justice, but underneath it is evil. This movement did not start in Minneapolis on May 25th, when George Floyd was killed, it has been growing for decades.
When I graduated from High School in 1967 and went off to a Christian College I learned about Secular Humanism. In one of my classes we read the Humanist Manefesto written in 1933. In the Manefesto was this statement, “Humanism is a new “religion”, and Humanism as a religious movement will transcend and replace all previous religions that are based on allegations of supernatural revelation.” Since the first Manifesto, there have been a succession of new ones written intended to update and clarify the doctrine of Secular Humanism, the last one being in 2008. A few of the doctrines, principles, and goals are; (1) Evolution is our God, (2) No deity will save us; we must save ourselves, (3) We are responsible for what we are and for what we will be, (4) abortion should be free and available to everyone, (5) ethical relativism, the belief that no absolute moral code exists, and therefore man must adjust his ethical standards in each situation according to his own judgment. Humanist Max Hocutt says that human beings “may, and do, make up their own rules… Morality is not discovered; it is made.” (6). A one-world court and government would be most effective for achieving equality (7) The pursuit of personal property and riches, capitalism, is the main cause of evil and inequality in the world (8) racism is the ultimate expression of inequality, as is sexism, and judgmentalism toward someone else’s sexual orientation.
When I was a Freshman in college, it was recognized that secular Humanism was rapidly taking over secular Colleges and Universities in the United States which was their stated goal in the second Manefesto written at the end of World War II. Today most would agree that the “takeover” is complete, and is now moving into public education and has moved aggressively into Christian Schools as well.
Out of Humanism comes the idea that the more government controls a culture the more equality will exist, which results in the welfare state, Socialism and Communism.
In the early 20th century, a German school of philosophy called the Frankfurt School developed a social philosophy based on Humanism, called Critical Theory. The stated purpose is to “liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them, that which is oppressive.” In Critical Theory, the only things that exist are hierarchies of power, and those hierarchies must be torn down.
Critical Theory started to become prominent in the United States in the 90s and eventually infiltrated almost every university. In recent years, the ideology has left the university and has made the jump to media and corporate culture, establishing itself as the primary moral culture of our country.
Concepts such as logic, wisdom, natural law, and reason are viewed as tools of the oppressors, as are values like individualism, hard work, punctuality and delayed gratification. Critical Theory has become much more than a social philosophy and is the primary philosophical driving force behind the new civil religion of wokeism.
God is oppressive, saying something is right is oppressive, the expectation put on me to be responsible is oppressive, the fact that others have more than I do is oppressive. . .
Those who have convinced themselves that they are oppressed, that they have been treated unjustly scream, yell, and make a big fuss in an attempt to be free and equal, but it doesn’t work.
The only hope for our country is Jesus Christ.