Dr. Voddie T. Baucham, a world-renowned African-American theologian has spoken out to expose the “demonic ideology” behind Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement revealing that their “anti-racist” agenda is actually about the accumulation of power.
Baucham, born in the United States, serves as dean of theology at African Christian University in Zambia, where he currently resides. On one of his visits to the U.S., the highly regarded professor gave an interview to The Daily Wire. He explained the particular insight afforded by being a black pastor and theologian who now sees the country from abroad after being raised in an urban American center.
“I go back three or four times a year for speaking tours and it’s always interesting to be an American expatriate looking back on the United States,” Baucham said.
Each time he returned, he explains, he can “feel the temperature change” around critical issues such as social justice, critical race theory (CRT), intersectionality, and anti-racism.
In the wake of these accelerating changes he said he sensed, Baucham wrote a best-selling book called “Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe.” In his thesis, he explains that these new ideologies are part of a spiritual war that is fracturing both evangelicalism and the nation.
“And I’m watching families be divided, churches be divided, institutions and schools and denominations be divided over this thing,” Baucham said. “I think that’s one of the reasons that I just became so keenly aware and so passionate about writing this book, because it was really noticeable to me that things were shifting quickly and deteriorating quickly.”
The first part of his book recounts his formative years and life story growing up in an urban neighborhood of people of color during a particularly troubling time for the black community, giving him full authority to speak about the social justice claims of the black community.
As a young man, Baucham had been attracted to the black nationalist ideas of Malcolm X, a Marxist who “denounced Christianity as a religion designed for slaves.”
When he converted to Christianity, he found he had to renounce that worldview, but it gave him unique insight into the nature of CRT and other ideologies that seek to weaponize race politically and undermine faith.
Baucham analyzes how supposedly anti-racist movements and social justice claims in the United States transform traditional religious categories into a means of asserting power.
Characterizing the battles facing America as fundamentally spiritual, he deftly traces the philosophies at the root of the movements and encounters what he describes as the “demonic ideology” of Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, and their neo-Marxist successors in the Frankfurt School.
“This talk of antiracism and this talk of critical social justice is very much religious in its overtones,” he said, explaining how it “borrows from the Judeo-Christian worldview in terms of the words that it uses.”
In a recent op-ed for the New York Post, Baucham described racism as a kind of “graceless religion.” But he also points out that religions’ most powerful weapon is not “claiming reparations” but “forgiveness” and asserts that anti-racism understands nothing of forgiveness because it “knows nothing of the gospel.”
But Baucham also warns that because it has the trappings of Christianity, he believes many Christians have “fallen prey” to the social justice movement.
“What Christian doesn’t want to empathize with people if they’re oppressed?What Christian doesn’t want unity and reconciliation and everything else?”
However, regarding BLM, the theologian concludes that “The organization is Marxist, revolutionary, feminist, misandrous, pro-LGBTQIA+, pro-abortion, and anti-family, with roots in the occult. Bachaum writes of Black Lives Matter.“ It is unacceptable for Christians to partner with, celebrate, identify with or promote this organization.