The time is coming, and maybe it's already here, but we are going to have to acknowledge that there is no longer any point in referring to people as "woke Christians." Not because there isn't a significant group of people who consider themselves such, but because Wokism has quickly evolved to the point of being a religion unto itself. Therefore, "woke Christian" becomes as meaningless a term as Hindu Christian, Christian atheist, or Christian humanist.
Don't misunderstand, many of the supposed values associated with being woke are indeed values that a Christian embraces as part of a God-honoring lifestyle. If we, as Paul commands, "offer ourselves to God," then we will undoubtedly find instruction in the words of the prophet Micah to, "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God."
The issue is that those identifying as woke, to an increasing degree, exhibit precisely none of those characteristics. They wield the weapon of injustice as an elixir for cultural wrongs, prefer a scorched-earth policy of character assassination against those with whom they disagree, and exhibit a jarring ruthlessness towards any who fail to genuflect before their self-perceived moral superiority.
But though modern Wokism is incompatible with Christian character, it is earnestly plagiarizing its form.
Just like Christianity, Wokism offers its own doctrine. Ibram X. Kendi's How to be an Anti-Racist is the current sacred text, providing its disciples with:
- Philosophy: "There is no such thing as a non-racist idea," only "racist ideas and anti-racist ideas."
- Vice: "Capitalism is essentially racist, racism is essentially capitalist."
- Penalty: "Racism" is "threatening the life of human society with nuclear war and climate change."
- Redemption: "The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination."
Just like Christianity, Wokism offers its own prophets and preachers, utilizing podiums at corporate training sessions rather than pulpits to convey their dogma:
Just like Christianity, Wokism offers its own expectation of penitence. Pop star Demi Lovato demonstrates it perfectly, expressing guilt not for crimes that she has committed, but for things done by those who have similar skin color to hers:
"All I knew was that I hated that I shared the same skin color as the people accused of committing heinous crimes against Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many, many other Black lives," Lovato said.
Just like Christianity, Wokism offers its own version of saints and sinners. Martyrs to the cause – those deemed to be victims of police brutality, for instance – are lionized even without evidence of racial motivation, and despite any and all moral improprieties that they possess personally.
Meanwhile, observe the growing list of offenders made to pay with their livelihoods:
Just like Christianity, Wokism offers its own ritual and confession. If true, and Rod Dreher is not one given to posting fake news for clicks, this is an encapsulation of the dutiful, ritualistic, almost cult-like initiation for new converts to Wokism:
Just like the Critical Theory upon which it is based, Wokism is a belief system that stands separate from, and in contrast with Christianity. Whatever values the two faiths share are likely the result of man's unintentional and clumsy plagiarism of His Creator, as he futilely attempts to create a better system of morality than the One who gave him his sense of morality.
What does it all mean? Precisely what it has always meant to believers as they encountered the latest manifestation of the ever-changing spirit of the age. Idolatry has always been idolatry, whether it's bowing before a golden calf, or worshiping melanin.