Bishop Patrick Wooden doesn’t get the publicity of “G– d—
America” Jeremiah Wright. He isn’t getting the headlines like the “Reverend” Al
Sharpton. You won’t read about him like you do the latest race-baiting slander
coming from the Twitter feed of activist Shaun King.
But you should.
He’s more articulate than Wright, more passionate than
Sharpton, and more “woke” than an army of Shaun Kings could ever hope to be. So
why isn’t his name as recognizable? Because instead of virtue signaling and
grievance mongering, Wooden says amazing things like this:
“Everybody’s talking about being woke. [T]his was written in 1939. So how are you gonna be ‘woke’ — how are you gonna be a ‘woke’ church — and don’t know this? This is old. … You bishops and pastors and leaders out there, if you haven’t told your congregations about the No. 1 killer of African-Americans, an organization that kills more African-Americans every two weeks than the [Ku Klux] Klan did in its entire history, you are not qualified to use the word ‘woke.’”
That organization is Planned Parenthood, of course, and
Wooden is exactly right about the staggering number of black children that are
murdered in abortion, particularly when compared to their white counterparts.
So why don’t his remarks get more traction? That’s a simple
answer: because wokeness doesn’t really mean what its advocates pretend that it
means. Neither does so-called social justice. Both of those are buzzwords
intended to mask what these movements are really about – putting Democrats in
positions of power. They are political causes, not justice ones. They are power
moves, not movements of equality.
And Wooden is blowing the whistle on that, calling out the
insincerity of these false prophets of woke:
- If you do not speak out against this gravest of injustices,
- If you are silent about devastation it brings particularly to minority communities,
- If you pretend that any other moral challenge of our day even comes close to the injustice of robbing an innocent tiny image bearer of the Creator her right to live as God had ordained,
- If you willfully associate with any political movement or ideology that condones such gruesome and self-serving practices,
- If that is you, then you have forfeited your authority when attempting to speak about “social justice” issues, and have no rightful claim on the title of “woke.”
Imagine for a second if the country was full of ministers
that had the courage of conviction possessed by brother Wooden, rather than
compromising hucksters dividing the body of Christ for profit. We’d be a far
different place than the sorry state we find ourselves in today.
So preach on, Brother Wooden. And may those who truly care
about God’s standard of righteousness follow your example.