Letter: CRT affecting churches, too



Parents across the nation are pushing back against the ideology of critical race theory that has infiltrated our schools, creating division among our children based on skin color. Unfortunately, this destructive ideology has metastasized to some churches.

I am an ordained minister in a denomination that requires its pastors to confess our own participation in the “systemic sin of racism” by attending anti-racism training or risk losing our standing in the church. This could result in the loss of one’s livelihood and is a coercive way to promote a woke theology that flies in the face of biblical Christianity.

I preached a sermon on Galatians 3:28 where St. Paul reminds us “we are all one in Christ.” The cultural context for the sermon was how schools are covertly using the ideologies of social emotional learning and CRT to teach our children to see all things through the lens of race. This is antithetical to what Scripture teaches: We are all created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). God does not see creation as groups of people — he sees us as individuals.  Jesus’ call to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” was a color blind decree.

My church censored this message by removing the sermon from its Facebook page and insinuated I am no longer welcome to preach there. I urge pastors to denounce nonbiblical ideologies such as CRT and “social justice” and promote biblical justice and biblical Christianity. Churches must boldly speak out against the current cultural decline rather than distorting Scripture to promote a woke theology that is neither biblical nor Christian.

If a church claims to be “open and affirming,” it’s time we ask ourselves: To what? Is it to the eternal Word of God or the ever-changing dogma of the woke?

Andrea Boutselis, Indianapolis