‘Wokism’ and the Unholy Trinity
by James Fratzia, 13-16 January, 2021
‘Wokism’ is the state of being ‘woke’. Woke is a slang term meaning awake 1 to a range of injustices particularly social and racial ones. The Oxford dictionary expanded its definition of the word “woke” in 2017 to add it as an adjective meaning “alert to injustice in society, especially racism. From a Christian perspective, all social justice ideologies are assessed regarding their consistency with the social justice concerns expressed in the Bible. If they improve the experience of humanity living in society then generally, at a very basic level, are supported by the Bible. They would be considered progressive. But if they do harm to people’s experience of society, they are regressive. At this level they do not serve a Biblical deity who demands social justice. Rather they serve the misanthropic ends of a different spiritual power opposed to the God of the Bible, revealed in Scripture as an ‘Unholy Trinity‘.
History of the term ‘woke’
‘Wokism’ is said to have arisen in the 1940’s related to awareness of racial injustices experienced by Afro-Americans in the United States2. Today it is much more generic slang term broadly associated with left-wing politics, social justice activism and progressive or socially liberal causes such as anti-racism, LGBT rights, feminism and environmentalism (with the terms woke culture, woke politics and woke left also being used). It has also been the subject of memes, ironic usage and criticism for its methods and consequences3 4.
In the 1942 first volume of Negro Digest, J. Saunders Redding used the term in an article about labor unions5. Twenty years later, a 1962 New York Times article was titled: If You’re Woke You Dig It: No mickey mouse can be expected to follow today’s Negro idiom without a hip assist6.
On June 14, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr, gave a commencement address called Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution at Oberlin College: “There is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution […] The wind of change is blowing, and we see in our day and our age a significant development […] The great challenge facing every individual graduating today is to remain awake through this social revolution7. Arguably misusing this inspiration, modern social justice activists describe themselves as ‘woke.’
‘Woke’ ideology is inherently shifting. It’s adherents appropriate theories that define injustice wherever it can. Increasingly, we see similarities between the ‘class warfare’ categorical ideology of Marxism, and the categorical ‘culture warfare’ between oppressed groups such as the ‘women are oppressed’ ideology of extreme feminism, the ‘chronic racism’ arguments of ‘critical race theories8,’ or just plain and simple ‘identity politics9‘. Some ‘woke’ use foundations such as the ethical teaching of Jesus and argue a Christian duty to be ‘woke’. Others will use the atheistic ‘sensibility’ argument (not a rational one) which proclaims concern for others on the basis of ‘common sense’ or self-reference as doing to others as they’d like others to do to them10 11. As such, the adherents of ‘woke’ ideology using these theories to justify their activism are becoming more and more disconnected from the views of many people in their society. As these adherents obtain corporate, media and government allies they fill the public space with their rhetoric, and get laws enacted in which punish the ‘non-woke’ in their societies. At the very least the punishment is to prevent ‘non-woke’ argument in the public space and to punish free speech. The ‘non-woke’ are usually the majority.
Some commentators see the ‘political correctness’ ‘culture’ wars of the 1990s as significant12. ‘Political correctness’, a doctrine which replaced pejorative things about marginalised people with nice things, was pushed at individual linguistic and institutional levels. In a minimalist and most optimistic sense, good manners and not about avoiding offense. In contrast, the doctrine of avoiding offense appropriated by the ‘woke’ is very different. It is intolerant and dogmatically warps reality in the name of extreme ideology13. Under ‘woke’ ideology, ‘political correctness’ justifies public shaming (‘calling-out’), cancelling, ‘phobe’ smearing, ‘de-platforming’ from social media, institutional sanctioning, dismissal from work, and ruining people’s lives. The ‘culture’ of fear of ‘woke’ punishment generates an unwillingness to oppose, silence and self-censorship. Patrick West, columnist in the on-line magazine Spiked, summarises ‘Woke’ ideology as a creed where the ‘woke’ say to others, “If you hurt my feelings I will fuck you up14.”
The God of justice
The God of the Bible judges all societies, all human authorities and all spiritual authorities according to their justice, Isaiah 61:1-3. No-one escapes this scrutiny whether they acknowledge the God of the Bible or not. Atheism is no excuse, ignorance is no excuse, civil strife is no excuse and poverty is no excuse. All societies must be just. These concerns for social justice predated the secular religion of wokism by at least three and a half thousand years. After God was revealed definitively as Father, Son and Holy Spirit the final plan to correct social injustice, the pursuit and misuse of money, status and power, environmental degradation, and even human death itself was revealed to exist in the work and promise of resurrected Jesus.
Some people may be more familiar with Christian term ‘righteousness‘. Righteousness means justice. Both words can be used to translate the same Greek word “δικαιοσύνη“. A righteous God is a God of justice.
This is not to say that the approach taken by God in the Bible to change the ‘unjust ways’ of humanity are readily comprehensible. Take for example the lack of clear cut teaching regarding the emancipation of slaves or women. But for those willing to take the time, the ethical and moral basis declared by God in the Bible does teach the emancipation of not only slaves, women, the poor, the sick, the blind, and those without hope, but does so emphatically and in a revolutionary way. Understanding God’s justice in the Bible requires understanding of the progressive revelation of the extent of that justice. God’s justice is not envisioned to occur by changing secular society, but by re-creating society in a new heaven and a new earth where all humanity are participants because they are believers. So when the Jewish religious teachers try to trap Jesus into a political role setting him directly against the prevailing establishment, Jesus simply says “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” – Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:2516. Take the apparent acceptance of slavery in the Jewish Mosaic Law in Exodus 21:2-11. That is not the last word of God on the subject of slavery. The ‘end game’ of slavery is in the New Testament Book of Philemon 1-25 where a master and are runaway slave are taught to no longer see each other as master and slave, but to see each other as brothers. The Bible’s view of justice is based on an ‘end-game’ outcome of perfect justice because of perfect righteousness. It is ultimately teleological17 in scope.
Why is God’s justice ultimately only understandable by looking at the end? Because it is impossible, unless all humanity in society are internally regenerated by God’s power, to create a perfectly just society. It is because any objective assessment of human nature will recognise how deeply flawed we are as humans. God’s justice is most evident in the context of human sinfulness and ‘depravity’, and the Bible reveals God’s plan underway in history to deal with it. But God’s justice is both retributive and reparative and far more restorative than punishment18. As such it reflects the fact that God’s steadfast love, his loving-kindness (hesed in Hebrew OT), is very different to a simple antithesis of His anger. God’s justice is accompanied simultaneously with restoration, a building up of the needy, the widow and the orphan, the poor in spirit, the downtrodden, exploited and oppressed. As such God’s justice is accompanied by, and a manifestation of, his incredible grace, Psalm 97:11-12; 112:3-6; 116:5; 118:15-19.
God’s retributive justice is for the vindication of those who have been wronged and to punish perpetrators. The God of the Bible never ignores injustice. God “does not spare the wicked” (Ezekiel 7:4, 9, 27; 8:18; 9:10). He is not capable of ignoring injustice because God is justice. And the God revealed in the Bible acts in history, Acts 17:30-31.
God’s justice is also alien to ordinary human logic. It is impartial (Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 16:19; James 2:1-6) and it is generous (Luke 11:41; Luke 12:32-33; Luke 19:18). God himself identifies with the downtrodden (Proverbs 14:31, Matthew 25:45) as well as with their treatment, including their sufferings. Since all people belong to God, and all they have belongs to God, there is no basis upon which to withhold God’s gifts from those who need them (Proverbs 22:2). God does not recognise class, race, sex, disease or religiousness as a basis for injustice. All are equally deserving of respect and love (Luke 4:25-27; Luke 5:12-16; Luke 9:54; Luke 17:11-19). God’s justice moves far beyond ‘woke’ activism to hospitality (Luke 14:13; Luke 10:25-37).
God will accomplish punishment and correction of injustice, Luke 18:7-8. He is the avenger (Psalm 94:1; Romans 12:9) of all the injustice done to his people Revelation16:5-6, those who cry out for justice even dying without seeing it, Jeremiah 11:20; Revelation 6:9-11. And God will restore people to a situation where they are no longer oppressed, Job 29:17. ‘Woke’ humanity will fail to do so because they cannot change humanity internally and they cannot restore life.
The theology of justice in the Bible is realistic. It is not utopian. Though each of us will do what we can to be just in our dealing with others, ultimately only God can decisively and forever overcome injustice. Until that last day of this age, Christians are instructed to wait for God, to live on hope, peace and love, Romans 12:19. There is much, much more to reality than is explained by the Bible. We also require scientific examination, and human reason. But in the end there is much that we are not told, Deuteronomy 29:29. Believing Christians are comforted by the certainty that God keeps His promises, and cannot fail.
Bible-based Social Justice
Being advocates for the poor and marginalised
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
The Bible does not argue that people are actually equal, except in dignity and before God. It recognises that people are not the same, neither in capability, biology, social standing, wealth or power. It is not those who are better off who need a voice, Isaiah 1:17; Psalm 41:1. But being unjust to those who have more in order to elevate those who do not is unjust. Christians must not show partiality, Leviticus 19:15, Jeremiah 22:3.
Being held to account for our own actions
Though we may act sinfully as a society, we must be punished for our own sins, Deuteronomy 24:16. Laws must deal with sin, and we must accept accountability for our individual sin. That is why God places authorities and government over people.
Responsibility for the actions of others
God holds individuals to account when they contribute to the formation of unjust motives and behaviours by individuals in subsequent generations. This can be families, nations, tribes or other groups. Passing on patterns of injustice is on view, Exodus 20:5.
Occasionally, individuals sometimes must acknowledge injustices committed by their forebears, their families or their nation, even when they themselves committed no sin, for example in Joshua 7, Numbers 16, 2 Samuel 21; Daniel 9. It seems that in such cases there is a redemptive priestly role being performed by that individual, declaring that despite the sins of others from groups with which they identify, they will not continue in the same manner. This may actually be setting up institutions, such as judicial, financial or political which do injustice to specific groups without power.
Superficially, this might sound like ‘woke’ ideology but it is radically different. At the very least, at it’s very core the sin is defined by God, and it is dealt with definitively at the time.
Fairness and dignity must prevail in a just society
This means all people must be treated equally before the laws used to govern society. This applies to foreigners too, Leviticus 24:22. Justice must not be subverted in any way, say by bribery or making it contingent on who has the greater amount to spend on justice, Isaiah 33:15. This applies not just to individuals but also to business practises which are based on ‘contract’, Amos 6:5-6. Financiers who exploit with high interest loans, Exodus 22:25-27; Jeremiah 22:13. Landowners must not seek to maximise profits at the expense of the poor, Deuteronomy 24:17-22, and workers. Workers must be paid fair wages, Leviticus 19:13; Deuteronomy 24:14-15, neither low, James 5:4, or delayed, Deuteronomy 24:14-15.
Our wealth must be used to help others
Our wealth derived from society is therefore not simply ours. The community is an interrelated group of human beings who must care for one another. In a sense, the righteous do not disadvantage society, whereas the unrighteous take advantage of others. In a sense, all people in society are stewards of their personal wealth with obligation to use some of it to the benefit of the poor and powerless.
Wokism in 2021
It is my view, that ‘wokism’ has rapidly evolved in the last 5-15 years into an ideology which constantly seeks to find and define injustices in order to sustain outrage towards others defined as perpetrators of the injustices. Injustices are self-defined by it’s adherents and not necessarily subject to outside scrutiny. That is, they may not be true, or they may be pretexts, or they may be overstated. They may relates to race, gender, other identity groups, the environment or regarding the climate of the world. It is characterised by anger, hatred and suppression of any views inconsistent with it. It is strikingly totalitarian. In a sense it is a synthesis of a range of justifications which all result in finding fault with other people, stoking anger against them, and seeking to do them harm. And those who promote the ‘woke’ ideology are exempt from attacks by the ‘woke’19.
‘Woke’ ideology is flawed by an inadequate explanation of the ‘human condition20 21.’ The ‘human condition’ leads to injustice in all it’s forms and is not dependent on factors such as gender, race or class22. Though in it’s early formulations the identification of the injustice of black slavery may have it’s roots in Christian thought about human sin, and be thoroughly the ethical outworking of the teaching of Jesus for society, the current theories which appear to drive the ‘woke’ ideology (later) in the academic and public space in Western countries are devoid of an adequate explanation of the ‘human condition’. In fact, the cognitive dissonance of identifying modern injustice as a chronic product of ‘race’ (or genetics) or gender is intellectually bizarre.
Many argue ‘wokism‘ is a progressive ideology. However, any ideology that leads to harmful outcomes is not progressive, it is regressive. 2020 became the point at which ‘woke’ “cancel-culture’ and “call-out culture” became ubiquitous. These are practices which shut down, shame and seek to deter those who are perceived to speak in harmful or offensive ways.23. It is also interesting to note that even ‘woke’ persons, such as practising lawyer and president of the Feminist Party of Spain (PPE), Lidia Falcón O’Neill, describes the ‘woke’ trans lobby as fascists, and the marxist driven ‘woke’ trans lobby as supporters of a dystopian war to ‘eradicate’ women24.
Is ‘wokism’ consistent with Christianity?
The social concern for justice makes woke ideology superficially attractive to many Christians. But the broader application to perceived injustices ‘cynically applied to everything from soft drink to razors’ is clearly not Christian25. On deeper thought, the values of ‘woke‘ ideology are inherently anti-Christian.
I have yet to read a theory justifying ‘woke’ ideology that adequately explains the ‘human condition’. They are all too simplistic. They neither deal with the extent or the ubiquity of our inherent ‘flaws’. Some theories appears to even ignore any notion of flawed human nature, preferring instead to blame all emergent flaws on societal forces in which we are born, grow up and exist. They see humans as inherently ‘blank slates’ who are inherently good.
Humans also appear to require meaning, loving families, character challenges and growth, aspirations of improvement, and liberty in order to flourish. Removing systemic injustices is insufficient.
In contrast, such a theory, the reality of human sin, is fundamental to Biblical Christianity. The reality of sin in it’s Biblical Christian formulation is more than sufficient to account of injustice in the world. ‘Woke’ ideology is inconsistent with Christianity in the following areas :
‘Wokism’ is ultimately an ideology of ‘hate’
The ‘woke’ wish to silence, ridicule, dehumanise, unperson and destroy their enemies. In short, to ‘hate’ their enemies. Ironically, the ‘woke’ have used their influence on Corporations and governments to define ‘hate-speech’ to silence opposition but ‘Wokism’ itself, in contrast to the censors operating amongst ‘woke’ corporations in 2021, appears to be a form of ‘hate’ speech to many of the ‘non-woke’.
In contrast, Bible-based Christianity does not repay evil with evil, 1 Peter 3:9; Romans 12:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:15. Christians are taught to love their enemies, Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27-36. It is Christians, not the ‘woke’ who are in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr who was himself a Christian preacher26. In fact, Christians believe they can overcome evil by being Christians, Romans 12:21. From the unwillingness of Christians to consciously do harm to others, it can be argued that Christianity is the Wests greatest bulwark against tyranny27.
2. ‘Wokism’ is judgmental
Much ‘woke’ machinery appears similar to a ‘mob’ passing judgment. It is often hysterical in it’s willingness to find fault and the lengths it will go to justify doing so. During a controversial Trump presidency in the United States of America, the hysteria reached a new high28.
In Biblical Christianity, judgment of right and wrong is objectively defined by the living God in Scripture. Christians do not judge those outside their fellowship. They leave judgement up to God, Matthew 7:1-2, Luke 6:37, 1 Corinthians 10:29. The national authorities, whether they are overtly Christian or not, exercising due process with concern for justice, are placed there by God and the results of it’s adjudications are accepted to Christians, Romans 13:1-6. In this way Christians accept election results, institutional direction, and the policies of governing authorities. If such authorities implement injustice, Christians will peacefully use means to overturn them. This may result in injustices, such as slavery, continuing for long periods of time and it is poorly understood amongst anti-Christian ‘woke.’ Slavery was not overturned by the ‘woke’ but by Bible-based Western Christians implementing the ethical implementation of their faith and their Constitutions imbued with Christian values of human equality before God.
3. ‘Wokism’ propounds group punishment and group guilt
Proclaiming the guilt of all people who share a particular identity, usually because they are white, or white and male and middle aged, or of a certain ethnicity, or social class without consideration of their personal circumstances is wrong. The group punishment simply because of their ‘identity’ which follows such guilt proclamation is wrong. It is contrary to the Geneva Convention29.
In Christianity, individuals are guilty for their own conduct and need to repent, Ezekiel 24:14, John 5:24, Proverbs 1:23, Isaiah 59:20, Jeremiah 8:6, Ezekiel 18:30, Ezekiel 33:12, Matthew 3:2, Deuteronomy 24:16. Though there is the concept that the sins of the fathers affect their offspring in Christianity, and that the punishment of both fathers and subsequent generations are connected, (eg Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9, Job 21:19, Isaiah 14:21, 65:7; Jeremiah 32:18), the connection is not about simple collective and punishment punishment (eg Deuteronomy 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6, Ezekiel 18:17, Ezekiel 18:19).
Group punishment can lead to fatalism and loss of personal responsibility to do the right thing, eg Ezekiel 18.
4. ‘Wokism’ is divisive
It is divisive, particularly as the ‘woke’ seek out more and more justifications for injustice and try to fix them. A very good example mentioned earlier is ‘critical race theory.’ This division frequently appears in the popular literature and commentary30“. During the Australian national holiday, the ‘woke’ divisiveness is championed by all who prefer to call it “Invasion day”31. This almost incomprehensible nonsense to many well education people in society not only breeds divisiveness but appears to be infuriating large proportion of the population in Western nations, and is probably incomprehensible to those outside of the West32.
The focus on ‘identity’ groups exercising racism and power over one another simply undermines our common humanity. Allegiance to tribe, to fight against other tribes based on race or nationality, is inherently divisive.
Though some ‘woke’ activists argue this is actually a Biblical concern for dealing with injustice, Biblical Christianity requires love and the upbuilding of people to accompany any correction of injustice, Hebrews 10:24. This is the opposite of division. Christians are not concerned about dividing society. They wish to live quiet and peaceful lives, 1 Timothy 2:1-3; respecting others, Romans 13:7; 1 Peter 2:17; 1 Peter 3:15. Rather than shut down their opponents with anger, ridicule, demonetising, sacking them from their jobs, and pursue anyone who publishes dissenting views, the outworking of Biblical instruction for Christians is to enquire carefully and understand their views. This may result in opposing views being demolished (2 Corinthians 10:5), but this occurs through calm dialogue and reason. In contrast, the ‘woke’ want everyone to submit to, and promote, their ‘wokism’, creating revulsion and pushback which is at the essence of their divisiveness.
5. ‘Wokism’ is hypocritical
The ‘woke’, despite their outrage, don’t really stick their necks out. They rage ‘safely’ in countries where their influence amongst the established order’s political, media, academic and judicial institutions minimises consequences for the effects of their activism on others. “…Compare that with the beliefs of modern Leftists, who actively support the rights of the LGBT community (as they should) while shouting down any criticism of Islam; how they have come to the conclusion that championing a religion more conservative than any Tory or Republican could ever be is compatible with the gay rights movement 33.” This is either because they ‘woke’ labour under a cognitive dissonance, or because they are hypocrites. Back-slapping echo-chambers, particularly in mainstream media and social media, reinforce the inability for the ‘woke’ to see this about themselves.
Most people hate hypocrisy. And I would argue most people hate ‘woke’ ideology because, at the very least, it is hypocritical. Wokism is not concerned with truth if science, reason, philosophy or theology gets in the way. All that matters is an outraged activism. And in the last few years, ‘wokism’ appears to provides excuses for the governing powers and corporations to suppresses free speech to achieve ‘non-woke’ related objectives, ultimately through suppression and oppression.
God too hates hypocrisy, Matthew 7:5; Matthew 23:27-28; Matthew 23:33; 1 John 4:20, 1 John 1:8; Matthew 6:1 because it is inconsistent with His character of love , Ephesians 5:1-2. And so do Christians. When they look at the justification of outrage and discover that the ‘woke’ ‘emperor has no clothes‘, Christians (like most non-Christians too) turn away in disgust.
6. The social evolutionary model at the core of ‘woke’ activism is unproven and inspired by marxism
There are striking parallels between the social evolutionary notions of marxism and those of the ‘woke’. The ‘woke’ movement is not clearly marxist. It is the social evolutionary concept of identities in conflict with one another which is marxist. The problem with it’s marxist inspirations is that marxism has never worked.
From a Biblical Christian perspective, social ‘identities’ 34 need not be in conflict to create a ‘better’ or more just society.
7. ‘Wokism’ is disempowering and demeaning to the victims of injustice
‘Woke’ advocacy appears to disempower those people experiencing injustice based on their race or social group. A simple ‘thought’ experiment suffices to demonstrate the point. What message is sent to the victims of injustice according to the ‘woke’ who live in societies which promote legislated ‘equal opportunity’ when they fail to achieve the categories defined for them by the ‘woke’ without suppressing competition and without advantages conferred by positive discrimination on their behalf? Logically the perceived victims of injustice thus aided are somehow incapable by their own efforts. In other words, they are told they are being told by the ‘woke’ they inferior and require the patronage of the ‘woke’ superiors.
Furthermore, those who are (or said to be) victims of injustice are turned into performers of self-righteous ‘outrage’ by their ‘woke’ handlers. Perpetual victims, initially a curiosity but now I’d increasingly detested by the non-woke, the victims of injustice can have no peace. Their ‘victim’ identity is so drummed into them, they cannot move on and improve their lives freely as members of a coherent wider society.
The justice of God is actually very different. It is restorative. This means it seeks to build up the victims of injustice through love, empowerment, enablement, forgiveness of the perpetrators of injustice. It seeks to fix the injustice without anger, and without seeking to do harm to anyone. It seeks to bring peace and joy to those who were victims of injustice, and full access to all the promises of God, along with those who had perpetrated injustice but have repented and are forgiven. It grants them full access as brother and sisters in society.
Their acceptance into a society where all races are valued and equal is not based on their outrage as victims and repentance by the oppressor. It is based upon forgiveness of both by God for their inherent sinfulness, paid for by God through His Son on the Cross. The same for the victim as it is for their oppressor. It is based on mutual repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation and acceptance of one another as brethren.
8. ‘Wokism’ is paternalistic and undermines democracy
The ‘woke’ appear to believe that no voice outside of theirs should be heard in the public space, all opponents are terrible people who should be punished and no government is legitimate unless it promotes their agendas. As such, political legitimacy of governments elected in democracies are severely undermined when the ‘woke’ control information, suppress all opposing views, and violently riot until they get their way.
“The honest truth is that no society can flourish without genuinely free debate, especially about fraught issues that revolve around culture, majority values and minority rights. And it is equally true that no debate can be free if it is argued only with brutish rhetoric that stokes the majority’s fear and anger under the guise of rebelling against too much political correctness.”35
The “cancel-culture” and “call-out culture” of ‘woke’ ideology are inconsistent with democracy because it prevents ‘inclusive’ dialogue, alienates voters who disagree, and generates underground misinformation about what it believable and what isn’t and potentially widely-held ‘conspiracy theories’ dangerous to the ‘government by consent’ essential in modern democracy. When ‘woke’ outrage is evidently ‘untrue’ or reflects ‘cognitive dissonance’ it polarises more. The gulf created by a lack of truth is often unbridgeable and any cohesive, reconciled society based on justice requires a foundation of truth-telling.
When the outcome of ‘woke’ activism in democratic societies is not acceptable to a large number of people in those societies, political legitimacy is lost and the democracy and it’s institutions become unstable. People will simply resist it’s laws and the adjudication of it’s institutions at every opportunity and seek alternatives.
Though Biblical Christianity can be ‘agnostic’ regarding political systems, it opposes coercion, oppression, disinformation, injustice and hampering debate. As such it fits well with democracy. Biblical Christians will seek to have their opinions influence governmental policy but have no mandate to rule society. Furthermore, the Christian value of truth is important not just to deal with injustice, but to gently build people up and back into a reconciled and cohesive society, 2 Timothy 2:25. As long as people a free to live their lives in peace and liberty with one another Christians have no reason to undermine a political system in ‘pluralistic’ society.
9. The ‘woke’ are engaged in self-justification
The ‘woke’ are constantly working to show they are accept their guilt and are trying to fix it. There are Christians like that, largely because they do not understand the Bible. They think they can save themselves through their good works, by obey some construct which they call the law of God, and they do so because they have to. Anyone who thinks they have to be loving people in order for God get to heaven will do nice things for others. But that is not really loving them—it’s loving themselves by using others in order to get into heaven. It is self-righteousness. Christian traditions, such as Roman Catholicism and Protestantism detached from Scripture, that teach such things as self-righteousness through good works tend to be easy prey for the ‘woke’.
There is no self-justification in Biblical Christianity, Romans 5:1; Romans 12:3. Loving others ‘freely’ yet opposing their injustice, with nothing personally to gain, is the opposite of self-justification. We are justified by Jesus and His work on our behalf, not by being virtuous, James2:10. We contribute nothing, Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 3:24. Bible-based Christians understand that self-justification, pride, religiosity and hypocrisy are all related. So the performative ‘wokeness’ of many ‘virtue-signallers’ is highly suspicious.
10. ‘Woke’ outrage justifies and fuels violence
Much ‘woke’ activism involves political protest, and it seems common for such protest to result in violence, destruction of other people’s properties, injuries and death. It is not ‘from above’, James 3:13-16.
In contrast, Christians are commanded to seek the peace of the cities where they live, to love their enemies, to seek unity and to proclaim a message of peace (Jeremiah 29:5–11; Romans 12:9–18). Christians do not seek the destruction of people or their property, instead seeking to bless those who oppose them, Romans 12:14-21.
11. creates ‘unpersons’ whose memory and /or achievements must be erased from history.
An ‘unperson’ is someone who a person whose name or existence is denied or ignored, especially because of a political misdemeanour36. It was first described in George Orwell’s book 1984 (written 1949) where it described people who had been vaporised. “Such a person would be taken out of books, photographs, and articles so that no trace of them is found in the present anywhere – no record of them would be found. This was so that a person who defied the Party would be gone from all citizens’ memories, even friends and family. “37. The Stalinist Soviet Party erased people from photographs after death.
“Disagreement gets you labeled fascist, racist, bigoted, etc. It can provoke a reaction so intense that you’re suddenly an unperson to an acquaintance or friend. It’s almost impossible to have polite or constructive political discussion.”38.”
12. ‘Wokism’ not concerned with truth
Much ‘woke’ activism appears irrational to many. It appears that the cognitive dissonance39 in many of the pronouncements of the ‘woke’41 42 43 do not seem to concern the ‘woke’ authorities in many Western democracies. “The cognitive dissonance reframing process is documented and well known and it appears that woke people are particularly susceptible to it.”44.
This is anti-Christian. After love, God’s most frequently described attribute is probably truth, Exodus 18:21; Exodus 34:6; 2 Samuel 2:6; Proverbs 3:3; Proverbs 8:7; Psalm 19:9; Psalm 31:5; Psalm 45:4; John 8:26; Mark 12:14; John 1:14; John 4:23-24; John 14:6; John 14:17; John 16:13; Ephesians 4:21; John 3:21; Ephesians 4:24; . And reflecting this attribute is expected of the followers of Jesus in whom He dwells by His Spirit, Ephesians 6:14; Colossians 3:10; Proverbs 23:23; 1 Corinthians 13:16; 2 John 1:2; 1 John 3:18; 2 John 1:3, Philippians 4:8 (what Greeks call φιλότιμο). This truth is not simply theological, but it is also ‘truth’ that arises from rational and scientific investigation of what God has made (the universe), Romans 1:18-20.
Truth and Justice are inseparable in the minds of Christians because both are unchanging attributes of God in the Bible, Jeremiah 4:2; Isaiah 59:14; Isaiah 59:15; Jeremiah 9:3; Romans 1:18. When a judgment is made, whether personal, or by a ‘woke’ mob, or by an institution such as a court or an academic discipline, it must be true to be just, Zechariah 8:16, 2 Corinthians 13:8; Proverbs 17:7, Deuteronomy 19:18-19. Truth is key to live in peace with other people, Exodus 20:16; Ephesians 4:25. So when they do not see ‘truth’ Christians know something is very wrong. They see false motives and ‘wickedness’, James 3:14; 1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Timothy 3:6-7; 2 Timothy 4:3-4; 1 John 1:8; Proverbs 10:8; 1 John 2:4; 1 John 2:22; 1 John 4:20; Psalm 120:2; Proverbs 12:22; Proverbs 17:4; Proverbs 6:17; Proverbs 26:8; Proverbs 26:28; Isaiah 59:13; Ezekiel 13:19; What is particularly troublesome for Christians is that redefinition of what is right and wrong is a sign of evil, Isaiah 5:20, Romans 1:25.
The ‘woke’ simply exacerbate the problem of a world full of lies and deception in which the ‘non-woke’ search for truth. What is truth is a fundamental concern of Western philosophy and has been ever since the ancient Greeks. It is also important for Christians who believe truth is revealed by god in the Bible. The ‘woke’ willingness to be outraged, regardless of the truth of many matters, makes it costly to tell the truth45, particularly reasonable, rational philosophers, journalists, scientific investigators and Christians.
13. seeks to erase an inconvenient past to ‘reset’ society
A recent feature of ‘woke’ activism is “Cancel culture” and “Call-out culture.”
What is now known as ‘cancel culture’ was once described the behaviour of Totalitarian regimes such as the NAZI’s or the Soviet Communists or ISIS. But know it is almost an invariable expression of the ‘woke’ ideology. This has been attacked by leaders in many Western Countries46. In Christianity, the discontinuity of injustices of the past with the present are through repentance, forgiveness and reformation and not through erasure of the past. In Christianity, the past is is the past ‘warts and all’ and should not be forgotten lest we forget and repeat the lessons learned.
In it’s most extreme forms the ‘woke’ are ahistorical, seeking to erase and rewrite history. Amongst the ‘woke’, in the final analysis, history is just a source of content from which injustice can be derived and outrage ensue. The God of the Bible is a historian. He forgets nothing and sees all. He is an activist too because He has a plan, and acts in history to bring it about. There is no erasure of the past. The past is remembered ‘warts and all’ and is instructive.
14. ‘Wokism’ offers no real hope
It has no power to change the nature of the universe, the reality of our life, death and sufferings, nor does it deal with the ‘human condition’ which is the cause of injustice, even though there is original sin for which whites and white males are guilty, there is no atonement – it is therefore inherently nihilistic because while humans continue to exist there will always be injustice.
Biblical Christianity by contrast is is contingent upon hope, 1 Corinthians 13:3; Hebrews 10:23. If there is no hope, which is founded on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, then there is no point in faith, 1 Corinthians 15:13-15. A time will come when there will be no more injustice, Revelation 21:4.
15. ‘Wokism’ is intolerant
The ‘woke’ use all machinery available to them to persecute and suppress those who disagree. In ‘cancel-culture’ it includes obliterating any voices in history which disagree with them.
Christians disagree with many things but do engage in debate, not in mocking and cancelling people. Christians tolerate those who might be considered ‘weaker’ than themselves because of the manner in which they live or views which are different, Romans 15:1. Christians accept that people are as they are, and though they may seek to persuade or demonstrate to them how to change, this is not coercive or disrespectful, Romans 15:7.
17. The ‘woke’ demand degradation
In ‘woke’ ideology there is atonement for ‘sin’ through public degradation, including ‘cancel culture’, ‘public shaming’, and ‘performance wokeness’. There are some examples that look like the old ‘show trials’ of twentieth century totalitarian states and Orwellian dystopias.
In Christianity Jesus atones for human sin. There is no need for public degrading of repentant individuals. Christians seek to build others up, Romans 15:1-2. God does not require public shaming, othering, calling-out or denouncement for those who have repented. Christian identity is liberating from such performative identification.
18. ‘Wokism’ demands endless sacrifice so people can not move on from their ‘guilt’
‘Wokeness’ demands endless activism and ongoing sacrifice, at the very least, in the form of ‘performative wokeness’ of it’s adherents and the ongoing burning of heretics. Because of the demand for endless sacrifice because of our guilt, the ‘woke’ can never move on from activism. This never ending ‘demonstrative atonement’ is ultimately partly about ‘virtue signalling’. As such, it can be seen as a highly performative self-righteousness, and essential part of ‘woke’ identity.
In Christianity, the sacrifice has already occurred. We move on, Philippians 3:13-14. Christians do not need to be religious, and should never be virtue-signalling, Matthew 6:1.
19. ‘Wokism sacrifices multitudes
The notion of sacrifice in ‘wokism’ and Christianity are polar opposites :
‘Wokeness’ delights in the spectacle of burning heretics.
Biblical Christianity does not sacrifice others. Rather, Jesus taught us to refrain from mob justice, to refrain from condemnation, and tell each other to go forward and sin no more (eg the woman called in adultery to be stoned under the law in John 8:1-11). Jesus sacrificed Himself for the sins of the world. Atonement was indeed achieved via sacrifice, but it was the self-sacrifice of God Himself, not the sacrifice of other people. By changing their mind and behaviour, Christians offer their own lives as sacrifices, not demanding it of others, Romans 12:1-3. Instead Christians should demonstrate change that others might imitate, 1 Corinthians 11:1.
20. Christianity offers freedom from guilt by God’s grace.
‘Wokeness’ offers a life of atoning for your sin because it’s guilt can never be erased, particularly if the guilt is based on things that cannot be corrected, such as the colour of ones skin, one’s heterosexuality or one’s biological sex. The ‘woke’ are constantly called to do something to fix their guilt. Some ‘woke’ categories always remain guilty. Those that are better than others will spend their life ‘signalling their virtue’. This is commonplace amongst journalists, politicians, academics, movie directors and broadcasters. Feeling guilty or being in a potentially guilty category can be costly and generates genuine fear which allows their manipulation.
Bible-based Christianity based on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit however, offers a life free from guilt because Jesus has atoned for our sin, 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7, Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 43:25; Jeremiah 33:8; 1 John 1:9, Hebrews 8:12; Psalm 103:12; Romans 8:1, 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:8 . The virtue signalling of the ‘woke’ is antithetical to Bible-based Christianity and therefore the slavery it undergirds is easily despised.
21. ‘Wokism’ increases injustice
The ‘woke’ appear to seek to elevates some by ‘unjustly’ blaming or tearing other people down. This ideology thereby creates more injustice. Longstanding proverbial Western folk wisdom states that ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’47. This is based on Western philosophy48 49.
In contrast, Christianity too tears down injustice but not by tearing down others who have down no wrong.
22. Being ‘woke’ is burdensome
It is incredibly difficult to sustain outrage. It is exhausting. And if the ‘demonstrative performance’ of the ‘awoken’ individual who can never erase the stain of their race or class or privilege is sustained for any significant length of time it will lead to exhaustion, depression and a sense of failure. It is simply a burden which can never be removed, except by death itself.
In contrast, being a Christian is liberating. The ‘light‘ yoke of Jesus (Matthew 11:30), who himself pays for our sin (1 Peter 2:24), liberates us from guilt (Romans 8:1) and performance-based acceptance (Ephesians 2:8-9) and allows us to live lives driven by truth is truly satisfying (John 10:10) and liberating, Galatians 5:1; Romans 6:7-11. Most non-Christians do not understand that the life of a Christian is not burdensome.
23. ‘Bible-believing’ Christians experience the ‘fruits’ of the Holy Spirit.
Overall, after a temporary period of self-righteous exultation, the effect as people grow older of ‘woke’ activism appears to be disillusionment, joylessness, confusion, resentment and anxiety.
But Christians experience the ‘fruit of the Spirit’, of the living Jesus in them and they in Him. Among the greatest of these is ‘peace’ and ‘joy’. There is never a release from guilt in the woke ideology. There is no peace in ‘wokism’ because it is engaged in a never ending search for, and redefinition of, injustice about which to be outraged. The greater the ‘wokeness’ the greater the outrage, anger and hatred. ‘Wokness is miserable and joy-killing ideology which enslaves the idealists while their ability to think critically is still developing 50, particularly young people indoctrinated to be ‘woke’ at schools and universities. And those burdened with this guilt will simply shrivel away in misery, or they will seek to demonstrate their awareness of their guilt by increasingly more vociferous, hateful and perhaps even violent outrage at others who do not share their lack of peace and joy.“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)Jesus says to those considering following him, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
24. ‘Bible-believing is naturally support ‘free speech’ for three reasons.
The first is that ‘Bible-believing Christianity is a proselytising religion. The gospel is carried by all ‘Bible-believing Christians and shares personally with others and also in the ‘public spaces’ where ideas are discussed.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:5
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
“A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” “Acts 18:20
The second is that ‘Bible-believing’ Christians understand that the message of the cross and resurrection of Jesus, the Creator sacrificing Himself to free ‘sinners’ from their ‘guilt’, sounds ridiculous. So if there were no ‘free speech’ but only ‘authorised’ speech, or speech ‘consistent with community guidelines’ or ‘our terms and conditions’, and any restriction of free speech outside of specific circumstances, then ‘Bible-believers could not engage with others or in the public space with honesty, truthfulness and openness.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.” 2 Corinthians 2:15-17
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 4:3
The third reason is that ‘Bible-believing’ Christians place a high value upon ‘truth’. And since investigation of the Creation is encouraged in the Bible, and since the methodology for doing so is the scientific method, ‘Bible-believing Christians support scientific investigation into the nature of the physical reality their God created. THis is poorly understood by many materialistic atheists and the media has consistently misdirected the public to believe this is not the case. But most of the fathers of modern science were Christians and when Christians see scientific revelation they see it as a reason to give glory the creator. Materialistic atheists, consistent with what is actually a secular religious viewpoint because it is impossible to disprove the existence of God, praise ‘randomness’. Furthermore, ‘Bible-believing’ Christians are inherently ‘skeptical’ of most arguments, whether theological, philosophical, or scientific. This is the basis of ‘critical-thinking’, both in philosophy and science. The counter-intuitive ‘faith’ in the existence of God is not something ‘reasoned’ by Christians. It is a specific work of God which overcomes that skepticism. But the underlying skepticism remains and is consistent with a rational, philosophical and scientific community. René Descarte’s51 famous formulation is in fact very Christian, and not atheistic – “I doubt (am skeptical) therefore I think, therefore I am (human).”
This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” John 12:38
25. ‘Wokism’ is irrational and not objective
A fundamental question to ask is on what basis should one care about others, especially if they are in competition for jobs, sexual partners, housing, food, government handouts or other resources. If concern for others is based on a pure rational secular morality then what is it? Arguments to the contrary are just as valid.
Human reason cannot discover a secular moral basis for being ‘woke’ which stands higher than rational arguments to look after self and the rest can perish. Sentiment based on Judeo-Christian thought paradoxically appears to drive secular emotional and sentimental arguments about reciprocal treatment or ‘common-sense’ and so on. All morality-based activism based on human reason alone is culturally constructed and ultimately based on feelings and preferences and not on anything objective.
This has been understood for a long time in Western philosophical tradition. In the eighteenth century, the philosopher David Hume mind made this clear in his empiricist theory of the mind52. Immanuel Kant, one of Hume’s contemporaries argued that reasoned morality was based on law that commands a uniquely moral necessity, duty to be virtuous throughout our life, and obligation to others as a consequence53. Again, the content of these laws, duties and obligations are culturally constructed. It is impossible to achieve a consensus to determine what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, just or unjust. There isn’t even consensus on what the final objective looks like, with all such propositions creating injustice54 through lack of consensus.
It is not surprising therefore that many of the objectives of the ‘woke’ are incoherent. They are predicated on a hopeless view of the world that is a dark place in which all power and racist patriarchies must be identified and extirpated. But again, why should the ‘woke’ basis for morality be accepted by anyone else? Ultimately, any ‘woke’ theory of justice is based simply upon ‘because we say so.‘
26. ‘Wokism’ is coercive
The proponents of ‘woke’ ideas seek to silence, ridicule, pursue and punish those who disagree with them. Furthermore, they ‘coerce’ those who remain ‘silent’ for whatever reason (probably because like many others they do not believe in the ‘woke’ causes) by identifying them with the perpetrators of the injustices about which they are outraged and then subjecting them to similar punishments.
Biblical Christians do not coerce. Christians live in society and seek to persuade others of their viewpoint, not to force them to adopt it, 1 Peter 3:15-16.
27. ‘Wokism’ suppresses ‘free’ thought
“The ‘woke’ suppress alternative thinking or narratives contrary to their own. They call them ‘misinformation,’ or conspiracy theories and denigrate the people who argue them as ‘phobes’, fascists, supremacists or some other derogatory term.
Christians care for other people or the environment, but not because they have a high view of people of of nature. But because God cares about these things. They care about people who are made in God’s image, not because they are people, but because by caring for people made in God’s image they care for God.
28. There is no credible forgiveness for the ‘woke’
The outrage of the ‘woke’ appears unforgiving of it’s targeted miscreants, who may never be able to shed the identity which is often the basis of their ‘sin.’ Such identities might be the colour of their skin, their race, their wealth, their ‘carbon footprint’, their carnivorousness, their political views, their education, their faith, their history, their thoughts, their speech, or the clothes they wear.
Christianity promotes forgiveness and love for those who have wronged us, not anger, outrage and harm
” If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:5-11
29. ‘Woke’ ideology is ‘selfish’
The call to ‘woke’ activism of the identity categories of the majority in Western democracies (white people) is driven by the need to assuage ‘guilt’ for their racial identification as perpetrators, something which can never be removed. Such a ‘performative atonement’ is the opposite of Biblical Christianity. Many get involved in ‘woke’ activism to demonstrate their virtue to others. Being ‘woke’ is a means to demonstrate one’s quality and superiority.
The motivation of Christian’s to oppose and correct injustice is not about self. Christians do not need to demonstrate their virtue to others, nor to they have to atone for their sin. The motivation for Christians to oppose injustice and correct it is two-fold:
- Firstly, it is because God hates injustice. So Christians oppose and correct injustice to honour God.
- The second motivation is that every good thing which a Christian receives in their life is a ‘gift’ from God, Romans 4:4, or granted by God. Everything that exists belongs to God. It does not actually belong to us in the modern sense of private property. Nor does it belong to the ‘Collective’ in the Marxist or communist sense, or to the State in a ‘nationalist’ or geopolitical ‘sovereigntist’ sense. It ultimately belongs to God who created all things. What we have in our possession is not absolutely ours from a Biblical Christian sense. It belongs to God and we must use it for God’s purposes, including justice. This is seen in the Mosaic Law given to the Hebrews in the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:9-10; 23:22, Deuteronomy 24:19, Deuteronomy 23:24-25. Since atonement for our sin cannot be accomplished by ourselves, no-one can ever make God owe us anything. God is no one’s debtor and all we have from him is a gift, 1 Corinthians 4:7.
So Christians are left with a debt to God which is expressed in loving others. Romans 13:8-9 describes this, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law..“. Christians obey God to love others (1 John 2:7), not because they earn anything from it, nor because God has to pay them for it. But because they owe God and seek to show gratitude to God for what God did for them through Jesus, 1 John 4:19, because they recognise the great cost God has paid on their behalf, John 3:16; Romans 8:32.
30. ‘Wokism is a miserable joy-killer
When carefully considered, ‘woke’ ideology is both ‘joy-killing’ and miserable. It has no real end game. There is an endless pursuit of injustice, defined in ever changing categories, and increasingly requiring nonsensical and unintelligible definitions for marginal returns. It simply exhausts it’s zealots and adherents. They can never be satisfied. Again, this is because it inadequately deals with the ‘human condition’ which includes questions such as “How do we live our lives’, What is the good life?, How do parents act towards their children?, How do we deal with death?, How do we deal with alienation from those around us?, Should we conform or be original?, How do we become adults? What is the process of maturation?, What is the relationship between different generations or genders?, How do we deal with excessive poverty or wealth?, Are we naturally evil or good?, Are we born with inherited traits or are we a “blank slate”?, What’s more important for human beings? Law and order or freedom?, Are we determined by our genetic structure, environment, etc., or do we have free will?, Are we naturally social beings or are we individuals first?, Can we know universal truths?, Are we selfish or altruistic?, What’s the best way to live together?, Should we care for the weak and poor, or let them fend for themselves?, What is a natural society: equality or hierarchy?, Is civilization positive or negative?, How should society treat the environment?55.
One can add questions such as “Why am I here,” “What is the meaning of my life,” “What hope is there in the face of suffering, death and injustice,” “How can I experience joy”, “How can I be acceptable,” “How can I be happy and content,” and “How can I have peace in my life.” These are all questions raised by our ‘human condition’ and any ideology much adequately answer all these questions if people are to by happy and content, at peace with themselves and with others. From a Christian perspective, being at peace with God will result in all these things being accomplished in this life, and experienced for eternity in the life to come.
31. “Woke’ ideology is ‘racist’ and undermines humanity
By redefining words such as racism to exclude any suppression or oppression of white people, and by redefining society along racial grounds, ‘woke’ ideology is inherently racist. It appears satisfactory to slander, ridicule and punish a white person publicly, simply because they are white and disagree.
By racist categorisation, ‘woke’ ideology assigns higher or lower value upon races and groups. The dehumanisation of some groups, and the elevation of other groups can only lead to inter-racial injustice and conflict. Losing the talents of some, based on race, and over-emphasising other takes away from the possibility of human potential. It makes reconciliation or harmony between groups impossible.
In contrast, Christians do not see any race as inherently superior morally than any other race, Romans 3:23. All people are a ‘broken’ image of God and capable of ‘goodness’, something some theologians call ‘common grace.’ By definition all races have elements of common grace to contribute to a better and just society. Reconciliation and peace between groups requires forgiveness which in turn requires all groups to acknowledge their ‘sin’ and to see themselves as one in both forgiveness and intent to do good to one another.
32. ‘Woke’ ideology traps people in their problems
In 2020, it appeared to me that ‘woke’ ideology defined many new identity groups in society. Again, these groups were treated as victims and encouraged to identify those who did not accept their identity as ‘oppressors’ to be ‘outed’ and ‘attacked’ with outrage, cancellation, demonetisation, deplatforming etc. Unfortunately, these were people who had significant psychological, psychiatric or health problems who actually needed to correct their problems.
Seeking to find injustice and adherents everywhere, ‘Woke’ ideology’ simply affirmed them as victims, and enabled them to use the problem they needed to correct in their own interest as a badge of honour to elevate themselves above others. For example, borderline personality disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, bipolar affective disorders, morbid obesity, criminality, psychopathy and so on. Their own contribution to their problem or it’s impact on others was effectively transferred to the ‘universe.’ So ‘wokism’, by taking away any need to make their own contribution to correct their problem, trapped them in their problem. This is not only to their detriment, but to the detriment of their families and everyone in society.
By contrast, the Christian gospel empowers people intellectually, and the Holy Spirit empowers people motivationally and with ‘power’ to change and take the steps needs to rise out of many of their problems.
33. The ‘woke’ see themselves as saviours
It is fascinating to see ‘woke’ activist, using outrage at injustice, essentially ‘virtue-signalling’ their work to redeem the victims of injustice. So is their hypocrisy, their pursuit of ‘safe’ causes, in countries where they are protected by just laws, their limitations in acting as redeemers, their ‘utopian’ vision of the society they will create, and so on.
By contrast, Jesus is the true saviour of the world, John 3:16. Jesus has the power, the understanding and the willingness to correct all injustice in the world.
34. Jesus offers much more than ‘Wokism’
Jesus offers much more than correcting injustice. Consider what he did after he created food and fed thousands of people – Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:31-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:1-14, Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-9. Jesus did not then go forth and solve the problem of hunger and starvation in the world. He could, but he didn’t. He didn’t stop slavery. He didn’t overthrow foreign occupation. He had power over the environment – Matthew 14:22-36, yet he didn’t stop the environment from being degraded or polluted. He could have stopped unfair taxation burdens, or the stripping of wealth from minority groups like Jews by the Romans – Luke 20:20-26. But he didn’t. That’s because Jesus offers more than eventual correction of any such problems or injustice.
The values of the Kingdom of Heaven were vastly different, inverted almost completely compared to the values of most societies around him. Values such as ‘the first will be last’ (Matthew 20:16), ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31) or ‘don’t worry first and foremost about food or material things, God will provide’ (Matthew 6:25-34). One of the key values is justice, and this includes social justice – Proverbs 31:5, Zechariah 7:9-10, Deuteronomy 10:18, Proverbs 29:7, Romans 12:15-18, Micah 6:8, Matthew 25:40, James 1:27, Isaiah1:17, Jeremiah 22:3.
These values, if held by enough people, were sufficient to change their societies, to generate fairer societies, just societies, societies in which there is no slavery, no exploitation and no oppression. But Jesus offered much more than correcting injustice. He offers, peace and courage (John 16:33, , Romans 8:6), joy, release from anxiety and anger (Philippians 4:4-7). He offers freedom from religious exhaustion – Matthew 11:30. He offers power – John 15:7, Ephesians 3:20.
The freedom offered to Christians who follow Jesus is radically different to the concept of freedom from oppression possessed by many in Western democracies. Jesus offers a freedom where we love God and are motivate to love our neighbour. We are not simply removing injustice and oppression as coherently identified by God in the Bible and our Spirit-filled consciences, but seeking the good of others without tearing anyone else down. And loving it.
Jesus provides real meaning in life that is holistic and extends into the existential and metaphysical. The model of loving families, dealing with character challenges and growth, aspirations of improvement, and liberty mean not just happiness, but genuine flourishing of individuals and like-minded communities.
Moreover, Jesus offers eternal life in a new created universe in which there is no injustice or environmental destruction – Romans 8:18-24. In fact, the new heavens and the new earth will be filled with justice (righteousness), 2 Peter 3:13.
In view of this contrast, it is not possible for the ‘woke’ to supplant Christianity with their ideology in the presence of Christians who experience something immeasurably better. Personally knowing and following a Jesus is far more satisfying way to ‘fix’ the world. The contentment, joy and peace experienced by Christians cannot be underestimated. Consequently, Christians ultimately do not fear the ‘woke’ outrage and will resist it, 1 Peter 3:14.
Why do Christians get caught up in ‘woke’ activism?
Activism 56 57 to correct injustice can be viewed as a virtuous activity. I am the first to admit that at a fundamental level, I share the concern about injustice in common with many ‘woke’ causes to a greater or lesser extent. It is sometimes easy for ‘Woke’ activism to look Christian on first inspection – 2 Timothy 3:5. God expects Christians to be ‘activist’, particularly advocating on behalf of the poor and needy (Proverbs 22:23; Deuteronomy 10:18-19😉 by calling out those who are oppressors (Luke 16:14; Luke 20:47), meeting material needs (Luke 10:30-35) and helping the restoration of people to their feet (Deuteronomy 15:13-14).
Many Christians, particularly young Christians, are idealistic and easy pray for those who would use ‘woke’ activism for their own political, economic, religious or social ends. So they are targets for Satan, and the ‘Unholy Trinity’ masquerading as God, and angel of light doing good, providing an ideology in the ‘place of God’ – 2 Corinthians 11:14-15. Much ‘woke’ activism to me appears a ‘grooming58 process’ for creating slaves bound to him. This is driven by the false prophets who have always misled people – Jeremiah 6:14. Non-Christians are ‘easy prey’ but well taught and Christians disciplined in prayerful meditation and familiarity with the Bible are very hard to groom or mislead – 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
Christians have an identity. They are sons and daughters of the living God – John 1:12. They do not need to be involved in the divisive ‘identity politics’ of the woke.
Christians do not need to see the world in terms of ‘woke’ identity categories59 because Christians already have a far superior doctrine to explain the ‘human condition.’
Christians do not need to do things to ‘signal virtue’. They already have virtue because Jesus made them righteous on the cross – Mark 10:45, Matthew 6:33, John 3:16-18. For some Christians ‘woke’ activism is an excuse to cover up for their own uncertainties in regards to their faith-response to Jesus. It might just be a sign of immaturity, or even arrogance in considering themselves higher than they ought – Romans 12:3. Or they may be misled by Christian leaders who themselves are immature, or spiritually ignorant, or imposters – 2 Peter 2:1-2, Jude 1:3, Jude 1:4, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, Acts 8:9-24, 1 John 4:1. Such leaders may themselves be deceived and seek to ingratiate themselves with the ‘woke’ activists and their corporate, academic and media masters. So they refashion Christian doctrine into ‘woke’ activism – 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Some will just sacrifice Christians for their own cynical political gain – Matthew 7-15-16.
At a spiritual level, it must not be recognised that some who identify as Christians might be part of Churches abandoned by Jesus. Churches devoid of the power and love of the Spirit of God. There are many such examples. It may be that Biblical doctrines are not taught at all, where the teaching is not from the Bible – Revelation 3:1-3. They may be from a Church where the ‘gospel’ of Jesus Christ is not taught at all, so they miss out on it’s power of proclamation – Romans 1:16-17. Or they might be the opposite, a Church which is sterile in it’s sound scholasticism, in a loveless Christianity, where the only one exulted is themselves – Revelation 3:16-17. The teaching in their Church may underemphasise God’s concern for social justice, or institutionalise it to be done by others. Christians from such environments have an ’emptiness’ within them which should ordinarily be filled by the Holy Spirit uniting them to the risen Lord Jesus in a life of communion with the power of God. It is understandable that enthusiastic but relatively immature Christians recognising these failures and wanting to do good might look find being ‘woke’ attractive (for a while). When this ’emptiness’ is increasingly filled with ‘woke’ activism, it introduces behaviours and distorts their faith until it becomes non-recognisable as Christian.
The plain reason Christians get caught up in ‘woke’ activism is that they lose perspective. They have a King in heaven who offers much more than correcting injustice. They lose the fact that they have a Lord whom they serve. They can’t serve two masters – Matthew 6:24. Inadvertently, Christians who get caught up in ‘woke’ activism end up serving those driving the activism, both human and non-human – Deuteronomy 13:4, Colossians 3:17, Ephesians 6:7, Colossians 3:23-24. Furthermore, the peace and joy in this life experienced in Jesus is not on offer in ‘woke’ ideology. Why would a Christian exchange the two? Hebrews 6:4-6
Is the woke ideology a religious cult?
Cynically, watching the group ritual of American politicians and other ‘celebrities’ perform a ‘bending of the knee’ with their arm outstretched in a fist in response to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in the US in 2020, and the media expecting and anticipating those who hadn’t done so publicly to do so on the public stage raises two immediate questions. Firstly, is ‘wokism’ a ‘religion’ and secondly, does it have features of a religious ‘cult’.
Humans are different to other mammals because we cooperate at much higher levels than simple family groups. From an evolutionary biological perspective, human cooperation across vast numbers of families is a distinguishing feature. The scale of the collaboration throughout human history has been predicated on a set of common values, often based on something recognised as ‘sacred’, “be it a rock, an ancestor, an idea, or even a god.60” Like religion, wokism has a core set of beliefs which cannot be questioned. Like many religious groups ‘wokism’ has a creation myth in the injustice experience by Afro Americans in the United States. The details are not subject to academic scrutiny if such scrutiny might oppose the narrative, eg the 1619 Project which argues that the patriots who fought the American Revolution were partly motivated by the desire to perpetuate slavery61. Tripp Parker argues wokism has sacred texts like religions62, eg White Fragility 63, an idea of original sin like Christianity (essentially being born white and / or being a male, rituals (including bending the knee, self-flagellation), symbols (like holding up an outraised fist), heretics (like JK Rowling) and a de facto priesthood (the media) and prophets (academia and the political classes) to enlighten and educate us. They also initiate us when they award us positions of status at school or degrees or jobs or positions in elite sporting teams. There are even manuals available on how to loot and riot in order to pursue a just ‘woke’ cause.
The ‘repentant’ awoken
The ‘awakened’ person asks themselves, “What am I to do for my past sins, much less my original sin that I cannot escape? Does there not need to be some balancing of the scales? How can I atone for it? Well, that’s where the idea of sacrifice comes into the picture. A price has to be paid for our sin, even if we have since turned from it. Whose sacrifice? Surely not mine! Enter cancel culture, public shaming, and performative wokeness.
Some commentators, comedians and artists recognise the religious nature of the ‘woke’ ideology. Frank de Sousa writing in the on-line magazine “The Spectator” claims the religion of ‘wokism’ is should be called Progressivism, claims it borrows heavily from traditional (it seems to me Roman Christianity) and claims it’s sacred day is January 26, the national Holiday in Australia known as Australia day64. Interestingly it has been observed by comedians, such as Ricky Gervais, that the most vocally woke are so sinful that the rest of us non-celebrities are bemused and perplexed. Then, even though typically these super-wokes are not in a position to lecture the public about anything, but they routinely do — loudly. And the vitriol against those who do not agree with them makes no sense to the non-woke non-celebrities. Their celebration when the non-woke or those targeted for breaching woke values are intimidated, ridiculed, shunned, persecuted and lose their jobs reveals that one of their core values is judgmentalism and another is hatred. And the vitriolic nature of the hatred and persecution is disproportionate, taking no account of the target’s intentions, history or circumstances.
‘Wokeness’ is not simply a social movement. It is a political movement. And “Politics is partly religion“65. So at some level, it has a ‘spiritual’ innervation. It is at this point that Christians see the work of the ‘man of lawlessness’, the ‘false prophet’ and Satan himself. ‘Wokism’ itself, as an ideology, stands in the place of God and can be seen in the case of some of it’s zealots as a form of ‘idolatry’. The teachers of ‘wokism’ in wider society and academia are readily identified as ‘false prophets’ who will exploit and eventually consume and subjugate the ‘useful idiots’66 67 68in society.. The teachers of ‘wokism’ in Christian Churches are seen as ravenous ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ seeking to profit from and devour the sheep.
Cults tend to share certain traits. In 1981, psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton published an article on ‘Cult Formation’ and identified three characteristics of cults69. They had a charismatic leader who was increasingly venerated, they a ha process of indoctrination which involved coercive persuasion or thought control and reformation, and there was exploitation of group members by the leaders or ruling coterie. He actually described eight features which also included control of all communication within a given environment, manipulating individuals to become mouthpieces and carry out actions, and the vilification of all who do not agree. “Cults are not defined by what their members believe but by how they enable members to translate their beliefs into a source of permanent self-affirmation, self-protection, and self-aggrandizement, sacrificing all else to maintain their membership in something that keeps their encouragement-to-discouragement ratio forever high.”70
There are also definitions for a ‘political’ cults71. It may be more useful to see this cultic nature present when a ‘woke’ movement is lead by a charismatic political figure. Some would argue that many such leaders are actually hidden as officials behind Corporations, in Government or Academic Institutions, not truly ‘sticking their necks out, but nonetheless charismatically driving the activism.
Why is woke ideology supported by corporations?
Why are so many big corporations and structure supporting those who govern the population, including academia and media, woke? We are currently witnessing the greatest transfer of wealth to the wealthy in history. That is enough to understand this phenomenon. As usual, it is about the wealthy becoming wealthier. Get people to forget about ‘Occupy Wall Street,” movements which find ‘corporate welfare’ wrong, or advocates of using the benefits of globalisation to improve the living standards of people who are losing their jobs and their industries. The observed effects of globalisation so far will most likely result with two classes in society – the powerful who govern, the ones who tell everyone else what to think and what to say; and the rest, who own nothing but rent everything from the wealthy, an underclass who can be exploited at will to increase the wealth of the wealthy. That is the teleology of wokism. A misanthropic dystopia, to the glory of the Unholy Trinity.
Furthermore, being woke is not concerned with truth. At it’s core, ‘wokeness’ does not believe in truth, only in power. Woke morality is subjective and is consumed with finding fault in others. It is a means for morally bankrupt, self-aggrandising corporate, academic, government and media elites to elevate themselves above others. It is a religion that enables them to judge others as deficient while elevating themselves simply because their lips sprout woke ideology. It means that scrutiny can be deflected from their own corruptions and perversions and be replaced with self-righteousness. The easy outrage is simply a means for people to impose their self-righteousness on others through intimidation and ridicule. So many people misuse their wealth and power, and the woke injustices are so easily manufactured and blamed on competitors for wealth and power, or upon those who might hold them accountable, that it is a ready ideology for politicians and governing elites in business and academia.
Moreover, there has been much reporting in the West whether the restrictions of liberty placed on western democracies by governments during the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic72 represents the fulfilment of predicted emergencies discussed by the World Economic Forum in 201173 for implementation of a plan commonly referred to as The Great Reset 74 75 76. Whether restriction of liberty and free speech in western democracies is a conspiracy to create a neofeudalism characterised by a small capitalist group of owning, governing classes, with an large exploited ‘socialised’ underclass “who own nothing and are happy” 77 or some other from of capitalism, or whether restrictions of liberty prevent democracies from minimising the negative elements of neoliberalism78 79 and neoconservatism which thrive on globilisation and put ‘profit before people’ 80 81 82 83 84, ‘wokism’ can be a very effective tool over the democratic process in silencing opposition and removing dissenters if Corporations and other capitalist interests can control it’s outrage. In that case, leaders in democracies who oppose the ability of (particularly international) capital and business interests to exploit and control their economies and societies can be removed by corporations by discrediting them by defining and promulgating some sort of ‘woke’ injustice which is attached to them, usually because their identity is somehow linked to perpetrating the injustice. In fact, it appears ‘wokism’ is inexplicably tied to ‘identity’ politics85. Hence, there is no surprise when Corporations, or those whom they sponsor, bow to ‘woke’ causes.
Why is woke ideology supported by Governments, particularly in Western Democracies?
All politicians compete with one another in western democracies. The naming, shaming, ridiculing, silencing and erasing nature of ‘woke’ in regards to it’s victims can be a useful political tool against opponents.
The ‘concern for injustice’ foundation of ‘wokism’, broken as it manifestly is today, can be used by big tech86 corporate oligarchies under their ‘inclusion’ and community safety programs focussed on eliminating ‘hate-speech’ to overtly support political parties. This was very clear to many in the US Presidential Campaign in 202087 88 89 90. These companies are self-interested and behave like other players in the political system to use their algorithms and any other methodology at their disposal to get the political outcome which suits their business91. Some politicians92 shamelessly support these big tech companies in order to benefit from Big Tech’s ability to influence elections. Others will ban Big Tech companies who are censoring their supporters93. The hypocrisy of Big Tech makes it obvious that their support for ‘woke’ ideology is simply a tool for their own benefit94 95.
Nevertheless, neither the self-interest of politicians, nor the political alliances of self-interested ‘Big Tech’ with supportive political movements, are the main reason governments support the ‘woke’ ideology in my view. I believe the complementary use of ‘woke’ outrage and cancellation of undesirable persons, along with the complementary necessity in the name of ‘inclusion’96 to suppress ‘hate-speech’97 98 99, is a deliberate tool used by western governments to control Islamic Radicalism within their societies, particularly to prevent ‘home grown radicalism’. The intrusiveness of the products of Big Tech, coupled with enhanced tracking of individuals and their communications via the telecommunications network, all contribute to a centralised surveillance system. Governments need Big Tech in order to provide centralised information on their citizens. The woke ideology then allows the effective suppression of any impetus to the radicalisation of minorities, particularly those associated with terrorism, and it’s replacements with alternative less radicalising messages. Unfortunately, the suppression of fundamental liberties essential to democracy, in particular ‘free-speech’ and ‘freedom of religion’, even if unintended or an acceptable undesirable effect of ‘wokism’s’ contribution to population control, is likely to radicalise the majority and create an even greater problem.
Non-Christian Concerns Regarding ‘Wokism’
‘Wokism’ concerns even those who facilitated the development of wokism to exploit short term political gain, such as one of the great unleashers of ‘wokism’, President Barrack Obama. Now ex-President Obama wants to tell the ‘woke’ that life is ‘messy’100.
“….There is something so frighteningly Orwellian about it all – indeed, it is the very definition of what Orwell describes when he writes of people being made ‘un-persons’ in 1984; for daring to step out of line, people are erased from existence. Herein lies one of the greatest ironies of this latest socio-political trend: despite cancel culture adherents’ disdain for religion (except Islam, never Islam – it’s a religion of peace, as we all know), there are strong echoes of 17th-century Puritanism and the Spanish Inquisition in cancel culture. Likewise, although worshippers of the Temple of Woke apparently hate fascists, it has apparently never occurred to them that aggressively silencing dissent is a fairly classic fascist practice101“.
“…I suppose what I find most loathsome about cancel culture is the hypocrisy that comes with it: there are shouts to respect democracy while demanding people with opposing views be silenced; there is outraged disbelief when trans-women aren’t recognised as ‘real women’, but no comments on women’s rights in the Islamic world; there will be sympathy for ultra left-wing beliefs (even proud declarations of ‘I’m literally a Communist’ on T-shirts, caps, or live television – see Ash Sarkar), but little criticism of Xi Jinping’s China102“.
“...Decry right-wing Christians as you reasonably might, at least their views have some internal consistency. Consider the flak that Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg took for stating that he would not support abortion under any circumstances: there is nothing in the law that says he must, and he has every right to his Catholic faith. Compare that with the beliefs of modern Leftists, who actively support the rights of the LGBT community (as they should) while shouting down any criticism of Islam; how they have come to the conclusion that championing a religion more conservative than any Tory or Republican could ever be is compatible with the gay rights movement is beyond me – and should be beyond anyone else if they’d stop and think about it103“.
‘Wokism’ is inherently undemocratic and inconsistent with democracy in it’s ethics of dismissing objective truth, ‘mob action’104 contrary to law, punishing dissenters, suppressing free speech, and cancelling history and people. It is fundamentally totalitarian105 106 107.
The Unholy Trinity
Christians believe that God created a spiritual realm. Within this realm dwell God created spiritual beings. Possibly up to one third rebelled and are implacably engaged in a war with humanity Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 6:12, looking for vulnerabilities, seeking us harm and desiring worship from us. They work through human beings and at their head is the ‘serpent’ from Genesis 3, Satan. Satan is a counterfeiter and a cunning murderer. He seeks to supplant God as the object worship by humanity. He is a deceiver, an accuser and propagandist. From the beginning he has questioned God’s wisdom and justice and sought to provide alternatives to it, Genesis 3.
Unfortunately, by seeking to replace a Biblical view of ‘social justice’ with a ‘woke’ one which appears itself to have dubious motivation and to do harm to people, a connection is readily drawn in the minds of Bible-believing Christians between ‘woke’ ideology and Satan with his followers, James 3:13-16.
The Bible contains a progressive revelation of God’s plan to redeem humanity from the ‘human condition’, and this progressive revelation involves further defining specific elements, such as the nature of God as One who is Three, known to Christian Theologians as the Holy Trinity. Also progressively revealed in the Bible and most explicitly in the final book of Revelation, is that rebellion in the spiritual and physical realms is led by an ‘Unholy Trinity’ – Dragon, (land) Beast and false prophet (sea beast) – who receive worship by human beings and who deceive many by their false ideology and evidence of their power.
“Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” (Revelation 16:13)
The ‘unholy trinity’ revealed in the Bible seek to place themselves in the place of the Biblical God. They seek and receive worship which is applicable only to the one true God because only the God of the Bible is almighty, all-knowing etc . They do so predominantly by imitating or counterfeiting the justice that the God of the Bible offers humankind.
Adherents of the secular woke religion say “I was sleeping, but now I’m woke.” Adherent of the Christianity of the Bible say “I was blind but know I see.”
‘Bible-believing’ Christians recognise they are in a cosmic conflict with powers much greater than them which do not exist simply within our physical universe –
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12.
The powers within our physical universe are human and theoretically can be contended with. However, victory cannot occur over them cannot occur because behind them are the more powerful spiritual forces. ‘Bible-believing’ Christians perceive opposition to be guided by a specific powerful spiritual being,
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.
This lawless one is readily identified with the false prophet. Such a being always present and appears with overwhelming force throughout human history. The misanthropy and suffering is so severe that ‘Bible-believing’ Christians perceive the false prophet to be behind the most powerful human rulers in history. And such a being is easily behind misanthropic leaders such as Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot etc. Such beings generally exert their power through religions and ideologies which do much harm to people and societies. And the methodology of the false prophet is clearly exerted to deceive the mainstream who support such leaders by introducing destructive new ideologies and religions.
“They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus“ Acts 13:6
“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves” (2 Peter 2:1).
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
The question for Christians should be whether woke ideology is an emanation of the false prophet, or an ideology which leads to genuine justice in society. The ‘woke’ argue their views are ‘progressive’ but the way the ideology operates in Western democracies appears to be predominantly regressive108, by doing injustice to out-of-favour groups in order to elevate favoured ones. A regressive ideology or behaviour generally is does more harm than good. This is just one connection with the “Unholy Trinity”. This is the work of Satan.
Furthermore, some ‘woke’ adherents describe themselves as ‘radicals’109. The implementation of the ‘upside-down’ values of the teachings of the Kingdom of God revealed in the Bible by Jesus, are radical too. They would create a very radically different society. So ‘superficially’, some of the radical transformations expected by the ‘woke’ appear laudable from a radical Christian perspective. However, when looked at critically, the ‘radicals’ admired by some of the leaders of ‘wokism’ have far more similarity to the ‘first rebel’, Satan, than to any Biblically-faithful follower of God110 111 112 113 114.
Furthermore, the tendency of the ‘woke’ to enforce new content into words which ordinarily have the opposite meaning raises Biblical criteria for identifying evil, Isaiah 5:20. An example of this might be redefining racism in a way which defines away any possibility of racism against white people.
What will happen to ‘wokism’?
As ‘wokism’ effects and demands more repression amongst societies which value liberty (such as democracies), the pernicious and divisive nature of ‘woke’ ideology is becoming more obvious and it appears to be increasingly alarming people in the West. It is likely that eventually there will be a reckoning of ‘woke’ ideology amongst the remainder of society. “Either the West will grow out of this nonsense, or it will become something resembling Orwell’s nightmares.“118
Some argue the West has not yet reached ‘peak’ ‘wokism’119, but it’s more pernicious influences will subside over time, particularly once Corporations no longer see a financial incentive, or they minimise the zealots within their ranks who push their organisations to be ‘woke’. I’m not so sure.
‘Woke’ ideology is at best a joy-killing distraction for those who seek to do good, and it will fail to achieve a ‘just’ society. At worst, ‘woke’ is a ‘joy-killing’ religious cult which serves the Unholy Trinity and replaces inner peace with outrage and hatred offering a counterfeit ‘good.’ Christians provide immunity to the ‘woke’ religion in society. Christians will resist it. Christians expect that they too will be persecuted along with the rest who lose their liberty to ‘woke’ religious fanatics and zealots. In contrast to the outrage and internal turmoil of the ‘woke’, the joy, peace and comfort experienced by Christians cannot be removed, even if they are persecuted and suffer. ‘Bible-believing Christians are comforted and reassured that in time, along with all harmful elements in human existence, ‘wokism’ will be destroyed, along with it’s adherents.
“But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” Revelation 19:20
And the leader of the rebellion, the ancient enemy, leader of the rebels both in the spiritual and physical realms, the one known as Satan will be destroyed by an all-powerful God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10
Note all the followers, whether deceived or not, human and spiritual beings, including the ‘woke’, will be destroyed along with Satan.
How Should Christians Respond to ‘woke’ Ideology and ‘woke’ Religion
1. Christians should not agree with it or get embroiled in ‘woke’ activism
If similar causes prompt Christians to be activists, they should do so within Christian frameworks and never take on the ancillary values and agendas of the ‘woke’, 1 John 5:19. This may require forming groups with like-minded Christians.
Though Christians are in the world, they should not be of it. Christians are a new creation, and have a new identity. The ‘woke’ serve a different master. Christians cannot serve two masters. The social justice concern of Christians should uphold Biblical justice, the justice of God.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13
God provides wisdom for Christians to live in the world. This wisdom is ‘from above.’
Christians will engage with ‘woke’ activists. The engagement should contain the ‘wisdom’ God provides. Such wisdom is full of grace, Colossians 4:5-6. This engagement also be should be sincere, seeking peace, without hostility, characterised by kindness and goodwill, and it must be impartial, James 3:17-18. Communication must be respectful and gentle, 1 Peter 3:15.
2.The Christian message (the gospel) should not be changed to accommodate ‘wokism’
The gospel is good news to a world in need. Accommodation is the distortion which occurs to Biblical doctrine which occurs when false teachers try to receive praise or acceptance from the world. Rather, the ‘gospel’ of God’s love for sinners (both oppressors and victims of injustice) should be proclaimed everywhere. Christians should should never be embarrassed by the good news of Jesus.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
This ‘gospel’ is founded on the justice of God. Without it, God’s justice cannot be understood.
3. Christians should build up their personal resilience and that of their children
Identity : Christians are a new creation and have a new identity in Christ as sons and daughters of the living God, 1 Corinthians 5:17. Christians need to embrace this fact, teach it and treat one another accordingly.
Courage, not fear : Christians should not fear the ‘woke’. Christians, have the ability to call upon the Creator of the universe to deal with persecution and injustice, including the fear tactics used by the ‘woke’. Instead Christians should pray for them.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44
Be confident in God’s justice : If persecuted do not repay evil for evil. Instead repay with goodness. Allow room for God’s justice. It may be (quite) delayed, but it will come. God will avenge any injustice done to His people, even injustice done to them through perverted reasoning regarding justice.
Of course, the structures put in place to deal with injustice in our society by governments are placed there by God, for us, and they too can and should be used.
Seek inner peace : The comfort, peace and joy offered to believers by Jesus is an immeasurably valuable gift. Do not allow anything to interfere with it. The mainstream news and social media are full of ‘woke’ messages and activism that get people down. Christian mental health is not immune from it. Remember, the public space is full of messages that serve the manipulative and self-affirming needs of the political, corporate and academic elites. It is not surprising that the values broadcasted in the public space reflect those of the governing elites and their need to dominate, signal ‘virtue’ and to manipulate because as a group they do not know God. Because they are so obvious they are often distressing to Christians. Just turn them off. Don’t watch the news so often. Watch alternative news. Get off the mainstream social media and go to alternative social media, minimise use of social media or use none at all.
One clue that we are losing our inner peace is anger which seeks to retaliate. Turn away from acting upon such anger, Matthew 5:38-40. Don’t try to defeat them in principle, 1 Corinthians 13:5. Don’t repay them with anger because we are likely to get it wrong, James 1:20. I’m not saying to not be angry at the injustice of the ‘woke’. What I am saying is ‘do not repay evil with evil’, 1 Peter 3:9. Do good not evil, Romans 12:20; 3 John 11; 2 Timothy 2:24.
Continue in fellowship with other Christians : This is important for both accountability, understanding and encouragement.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Focus on our personal relationship with God : Remember the promises of God to us. God cannot lie.
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Avoid trusting Church leaders or Church Institutions. These are man-made and will let us down eventually. Remember that God’s Kingdom is not of this world, John 18:36. And don’t neglect prayer or God’s word, 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Remember who is really perishing : It is not Christians who are truly perishing. It is those who refuse to submit to God and His King, Psalm 2; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:10. Those perishing might be our neighbours, our workmates, our comrades or our family. Don’t lose perspective. Keep the ‘big picture in mind.
Fight spiritually : Remember that it is not the extreme ‘woke’ engaged in their ‘cultural total warfare’ (amongst the rest) who are are the real enemy. Our enemy are the spiritual powers driving them, Ephesians 6:12, and it is against the real enemy that we must fight spiritually, 2 Corinthians 10:4, using spiritual weapons, 2 Chronicles 20:22-23; Psalm 91:11; Matthew 17:21; Matthew 18:19; Luke 10:19; Acts 1:8; Acts 3:6; Acts 16:25-28; Ephesians 6:17-18; Philippians 2:9-11; Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 12:11.
In the end, all who oppose God will be thrown into a lake of fire prepared for rebellious Satan
At the very least the inadequacies, and at the most the cognitive dissonance, of many of the theories which underlie modern ‘woke’ activism are one of it’s fundamental weaknesses. This leads to the ‘woke’ establishment’s need to silence intellectual objection to these theories, and much of the activism itself, in order to deal with these inadequacies. Moreover, the division caused by the disconnection with the views of many people in western societies is likely to end badly. Many ‘non-woke’ people increasingly distrust the ‘woke’ academic, corporate, political and government establishment and see them as an enemy to their freedom. Western democratic institutional support the ‘woke’ establishment through suppression of freedom to disagree publicly will not simply undermine these institutions, but may result in a mass movement to destroy them. A different divisive ideology which suppressed free speech, coupled with dissatisfaction with the prevailing establishment by the ‘silent’ people in society, led to Boshevik takeover of Russian and the fascist takeovers prior to WWII. History provides a warning.
‘Wokism’ is inconsistent with Christianity. It deceives people. It dehumanises people. It is totalitarian. It is misanthropic. It is yet another ideological emanation from the mind of the ‘false prophet’, it serves the Unholy Trinity and it’s adherents will share the fate of Satan. ‘Wokism’ imposes an unending and potentially escalating burden. It is a form of slavery because it is neither concerned with truth or elimination of guilt, nor with a cessation of endeavour for redemption. In the West, people are saturated with calls to ‘woke’ activism and to be outraged and many know there is something wrong with a life like that because it has unintended consequences, not least is that it kills joy and there is never inner peace. The solution for those who realise this is to abandon the Unholy Trinity and turn to Jesus. Jesus offers much more than cure of want, environmental degradation or overthrowing injustice. The apostles Paul knew this when he said, “ It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery,” Galatians 5:1.
Bible-Believing Christianity believes there is truth, and this is not just something revealed by God but something which can be seen by scientific investigation into the nature of the universe created by that same God. So the apostle will say, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32. ‘Wokism’ is predicated on the relativistic and ‘post-modern’ notion that there is ultimately no truth. The the adherents of the ‘woke’ religion seek to redefine truth, to erase and rewrite history and science to conform to their own fabrications and perspectives. In doing so ‘wokism’ steals life and joy, serving a spiritual master it doesn’t acknowledge. It is only by being free, through truth, that one can be at peace and live a full and happy life. So Jesus taught, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10. Jesus offers immeasurably more than this destructive ideology and secular religion.
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- “I was sleeping, but now I’m woke.”
- Pulliam-Moore, Charles (8 January 2016). “How ‘woke’ went from black activist watchword to teen internet slang”. Splinter News.
- “Stay Woke: The new sense of ‘woke’ is gaining popularity”. Words We’re Watching. Merriam-Webster.
- Critical race theory (CRT), the view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of colour. According to critical race theory (CRT), racial inequality emerges from the social, economic, and legal differences that white people create between “races” to maintain elite white interests in labour markets and politics, giving rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities. – https://www.britannica.com/topic/critical-race-theory
- a term that describes a political approach wherein people of a particular religion, race, social background, class or other identifying factor develop political agendas and organize based upon the interlocking systems of oppression that affect their lives and come from their various identities -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_politics
- this is argued by Jesus in the Bible in Luke 6:31
- for example, podcast ‘Life After God’ – https://www.stitcher.com/show/life-after-god/episode/068-what-atheism-cant-deliver-with-christian-smith-59219487
- Nevertheless, the opponents of Jesus understood full well the revolutionary aspect of Jesus teaching would potentially topple any establishment and that is why they asked him the question
- explanation by reference to some purpose, end, goal, or function – https://www.britannica.com/topic/teleology
- Herman Bavinck, John Bolt, and John Vriend, Reformed Dogmatics: God and Creation, vol. 2 Baker Academic, 2004, 222
- The human condition is all of the characteristics and key events that compose the essentials of human existence, including birth, growth, emotion, aspiration, conflict, and mortality.- The human condition is all of the characteristics and key events that compose the essentials of human existence, including birth, growth, emotion, aspiration, conflict, and mortality.
- Essentially, the discussion of the human condition is any thematic concern about human nature, human society or how we live our lives. In other words, it’s about the fundamental issues of human existence. -https://www.learn.lexiconic.net/humancondition.htm
- for example, http://www.internationalist.org/miloyiannopoulos1704.html and https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/08/dc-metro-banned-milo-yiannopoulos-ad-now-aclu-suing/
- For example the 4th Geneva Convention – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Geneva_Convention
- .“…Those on the Left who say that America and Europe are more divided than ever are entirely correct, they just don’t seem to appreciate that – to a great extent – it’s their fault. If the poison of political correctness hadn’t managed to infect the West’s political veins, Donald Trump would never have got near the White House, nor would the Brexit vote have succeeded. If Europe and the United States had managed to have some honest conversations about immigration, Islam, law enforcement and minority rights, perhaps the West would have maintained the very boring (and much missed) domestic calm of a decade ago – Timothy Ogden, https://www.neweurope.eu/article/when-progressives-halt-progress-cancel-culture-must-go/
- ““For those of us in media, there is a real challenge to confront,” he said. “A wave of censorship that seeks to silence conversation, to stifle debate and ultimately stop individuals and societies from realising their potential.””.…..”Mr Murdoch’s own son James Murdoch has joined the outcry, telling the Financial Times that outlets “that propagate lies to their audience have unleashed insidious and uncontrollable forces that will be with us for years” ….. “Rupert Murdoch said a “rigidly enforced conformity, aided and abetted by so-called social media, is a straitjacket on sensibility”.https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/rupert-murdoch-slams-woke-culture-in-australia-day-speech-20210126-p56wxz.html
- Timothy Ogden, https://www.neweurope.eu/article/when-progressives-halt-progress-cancel-culture-must-go/
- whether based on class, race, privilege, gender, sexual preference or any others
- In A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (1957), Leon Festinger proposed that human beings strive for internal psychological consistency to function mentally in the real world. A person who experiences internal inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable and is motivated to reduce the cognitive dissonance. They tend to make changes to justify the stressful behaviour, either by adding new parts to the cognition causing the psychological dissonance (rationalization) or by avoiding circumstances and contradictory information likely to increase the magnitude of the cognitive dissonance (confirmation bias) – Festinger, L. (1957). A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance. California: Stanford University Press.
- For example, 40BLM calls to defund the police. One of their fundamental tenants is to defund the police, a move that would surely hit ethnic minority communities the hardest as they tend to have higher than average crime rates. Surely you want MORE policing in areas of higher crime, not less!
- diversity and inclusion”. These hallowed goals are often cited alongside notices that those that do not agree need not apply. Diversity it seems, is only for those who think the same way and have the same political views as they do.
- woke groups on campus want to go from “non-racist” to actively “anti-racist” while in the same paragraph, banning people with white skin from attending their meeting on how to achieve anti-racism
- From Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott to current PM Scott Morrison and aspirant Anthony Albanese, the nation’s leaders used Tuesday to talk up their personal grab bags of burning issues; national unity and pride, the environment, “woke” and “cancel” culture and Indigenous recognition and calls to ‘change the date’………Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia said of the ‘woke’ attempt to erase the past ‘With Parliament House just across the water, and a navy helicopter zooming laps high above while trailing an enormous Australian flag (the usual flagpole in the process of being replaced), the PM praised essential workers for keeping on the lights during the pandemic, speaking of “shared fortunes” and recognising citizens for prevailing “in our own Australian way. We do it on this day when the course of this land changed forever,” Mr Morrison said, a nod to calls to change the date of Australia’s national holiday. There is no escaping or cancelling this fact. For better and worse, it was the moment where the journey to our modern Australia began.” ……” Mr Abbott said his IPA role would look at cultural issues “upstream of politics” to renew the country. “That won’t come from deconstructing our history or our heroes. Or by imported fads of sports stars taking a knee,” he said. “After a lost year it is time for a reset – but not a politically correct woke reset that seems to be brewing.” – https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/01/27/australia-day-abbott-morrison/
- said to emphasize that it is not acceptable to do something bad to someone just because they did something bad to you first – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/two-wrongs-don-t-make-a-right
- “Two wrongs make a right” is considered “one of the most common fallacies in Western philosophy” – LaRocca, David (2018). “Two Wrongs Make a Right”. Bad Arguments. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. pp. 230–233. doi:10.1002/9781119165811.ch49. ISBN 978-1-119-16581-1
- The phrase “two wrongs infer one right” appears in a poem dated to 1734, published in The London Magazine – C. Ackers for J. Wilford, ed. (1734). “Poetical Essays in NOVEMBER, 1734”. The London Magazine: Or, Gentleman’s Monthly Intelligencer, Volume 3. p. 600
- Keri Smith – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVSgVlZjk8c&ab_channel=Triggernometry
- (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650 French philosopher)
- this theory asserted four theses: (1) Reason alone cannot be a motive to the will, but rather is the “slave of the passions” (2) Moral distinctions are not derived from reason. (3) Moral distinctions are derived from the moral sentiments: feelings of approval (esteem, praise) and disapproval (blame) felt by spectators who contemplate a character trait or action. (4) While some virtues and vices are natural, others, including justice, are artificial -https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hume-moral/
- for example, equal numbers of women on the boards of corportations, or in parliaments of democratic countries
- a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/activism
- Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, direct, or intervene in social, political, economic, or environmental reform with the desire to make changes in society toward a perceived greater good. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activism
- When a sexual or other kind of predator sets the stage for abusing another, such as a child or other person (as in the case of sex and theory human trafficking).
Trust: May give toys and/or other gifts and favors to the intended victim to gain trust.
Fear/dependency: Sets up a power dynamic in which the victim feels too afraid to report the abuse, perhaps by involving the victim in activities their friends and family might judge the victim negatively for, such as drug use (or even the abuse itself)-https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Grooming
- for example, black or white, male or female, wealthy or poor, polluter or non-polluter, ‘woke’ or ‘unwoke’
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K356517/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
- The relatively new religion of progressivism, which seeks to supplant and displace the previously dominant religion of Christianity, is in the process of establishing January 26, Australia Day, as the holiest day in its sacral calendar.
Progressivism borrows heavily from Christianity, which has been dominant in forming the West’s worldview over many centuries. But instead of seeking reconciliation with God, progressives seek above all social justice –- to set the captives free –– a concept with strong Christian roots. And instead of devotion to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Church of Woke devotes itself to fighting against the sins of Racism, Patriarchy and Heteronormativity.
In the same way that the concept of original sin is central to Christian doctrine, where to be Christian one must first acknowledge one’s own sin, progressive doctrine requires Australians to recognise and acknowledge that Australia is a racist country -– this in spite of Australia being a fair-go country with incidences of dictionary-definition (as opposed to expansive-definition) racism being rare and isolated.
Naturally, by questioning such Woke dogma, I am, of course, committing a mortal sin risking eternal damnation, also known as being cancelled.
Australia Day, therefore, offers penitents the opportunity to acknowledge the country’s original sin of Racism and to ask for forgiveness. Similarly, International Women’s Day offers an opportunity for this same ritual, but this time in relation to the sin of Patriarchy; while the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras allows us to reject the grave sin of Heteronormativity by paying homage to an identity that has come to occupy a prominent place in the pantheon of Diversity.
Through these purging rituals, society undergoes a process of progressive sanctification, where, even as it recognises and struggles against its sins, society never quite frees itself of its sinful nature: the socialism is willing but the fascism is weak. Nevertheless, through a long march through the institutions, society can progressively mortify the fascism, until the final enemy, political incorrectness, is destroyed.
Therefore, siblings in Wokeness, let us come together in this annual ritual of self-flagellation that we mark on this national holy day, Australia Day.
- argues Kirsten Weir on the American Psychological Association’s website https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/06/moral-motivations
- In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leaders. The term was originally used during the Cold War to describe non-communists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Useful_idiot
- a person who is easy to persuade to do, say, or believe things that help a particular group or another person politically: – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/useful-idiot
- “Useful idiot” is a pejorative term for a person who propagandizes for a cause without fully understanding (due to naïveté, stupidity, or on purpose) the cause’s goals, who is cynically used by the cause’s founders. – https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/10/marxism_a_breeding_ground_for_useful_idiots.html
- Quoting Jeremy Sherman – https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-faqs-what-christians-should-know-about-qanon/
- This occurs when political movements exhibit cult like features. This has been especially identified by anti-Trump commentators in regards to over seventy million Americans who voted for him
- The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic
- war, climate change, food and water scarcity, environmental degradation, and climate change
- The Great Reset is a proposal by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to rebuild the economy sustainably following the COVID-19 pandemic. It was unveiled in May 2020 by the United Kingdom’s Prince Charles and WEF director Klaus Schwab. It seeks to improve capitalism by making investments more geared toward mutual progress and focusing more on environmental initiatives. A petition in Canada to stop it gained 80,000 signatures in less than 72 hours. A conspiracy theory has spread in response, claiming it will be used to bring in a supposed New World Order. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Reset
- Identity politics is a term that describes a political approach wherein people of a particular ethnicity, religion, race, social background, class or other identifying factor develop political agendas and organize based upon promoting the interests of their own group.-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_politics
- Big Tech, also known as the Tech Giants, Big Four, Four Horsemen, Big Five, or S&P 5, are the largest and most dominant companies in the information technology industry of the United States, namely Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Tech
- “Angela Merkel finds Twitter halt of Trump account ‘problematic‘“. Telegraph. January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
- “Angela Merkel finds Twitter halt of Trump account ‘problematic‘“. Telegraph. January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
- “Trump Blames ‘Big Media, Big Tech’ as he Rails Against Election ‘Fraud’ Without Evidence”. Washington Times. November 5, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
- https://ussanews.com/News1/2021/01/17/trudeau-and-big-tech-ready-to-squash-free-speech-in-canada/ (original article https://theduran.com/trudeau-and-big-tech-ready-to-squash-free-speech-in-canada/)
- Inclusion is seen as a universal human right. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other need. It is about giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance (removal of barriers). It affects all aspects of public life.- https://www.inclusion.me.uk/news/what_does_inclusion_mean
- Hate speech is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “public speech that expresses hate or encourages violence towards a person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation”. Hate speech is “usually thought to include communications of animosity or disparagement of an individual or a group on account of a group characteristic such as race, colour, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or sexual orientation” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_speech#cite_note-1
- Nockleby, John T. (2000), “Hate Speech” in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, ed. Leonard W. Levy and Kenneth L. Karst, vol. 3. (2nd ed.), Detroit: Macmillan Reference US, pp. 1277–79. Cited in “Library 2.0 and the Problem of Hate Speech,” by Margaret Brown-Sica and Jeffrey Beall, Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, vol. 9 no. 2 (Summer 2008)
- “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.” A tweet by Fmr. President Barack ObamaThe Hill@thehill·30 Oct 2019
- Timothy Ogden, https://www.neweurope.eu/article/when-progressives-halt-progress-cancel-culture-must-go/
- Timothy Ogden, https://www.neweurope.eu/article/when-progressives-halt-progress-cancel-culture-must-go/
- an outraged group takes the law, or the moral ‘high-ground’, into their own hands to perform actions ordinarily expected of government or authority
- Totalitarianism is a form of government or political system that prohibits opposition parties, restricts individual opposition to the state and its claims, and exercises an extremely high degree of control over public and private life – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalitarianism
- it can be left or right wing, communist/socialist or fascist
- returning to a previous and less advanced or worse state or way of behaving: – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/regressive
- believing or expressing the belief that there should be great or extreme social, economic, or political change: – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/radical
- Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama were widely reported to be disciples of the late Saul Alinsky, an American political radical who is famous for his tome ‘Rules for Radicals’. On the 4th fly-leaf page of his book, after a dedication to Alinksy’s wife Irene and quotes from Rabbi Hillel and Thomas Paine, is text which says, “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that at least he won his own kingdom – Lucifer.” In the 1980’s a radical political group named M19 were responsible for armed robbery and bombings in the USA. Their most famous bombing was in the Senate building in Washington in 1983. One of the leaders was Susan Rosenberg who was sentenced to 58 years for her crime. Bill Clinton pardoned her on the last day of his presidency. Long after her M19 exploits, Susan Rosenberg is vice president of an organisation named ‘Thousand Currents’ which sponsors climate justice, Food sovereignty, alternative economies and BLM ‘Black Lives Matter’ and Antifa. A refutation article by reuters https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-alinsky-social-state-idUSKCN2252LY only partly addresses some of these concerns.
- Another attempt to refute a connection – https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/how-to-create-a-social-state/
- eg the slandering of popularist entertainer Milo Giannopoulos by ‘woke’ Western Australian Permier Mark McGowan -https://www.yourlocalexaminer.com.au/hes-not-welcome/