In response to my article on the cultish mindset of social justice warriors, Jan C wrote to warn of the same thing happening within churches:
Very well said, and extremely important for us to understand this. Too, we must understand this trend is ALSO in the church. I do not want to name names, but key buzz words and ideas we see there are: "the marginalized," the attack on the American Dream, [and] the idea that American Christians are too political and more concerned about the things they are against (gay marriage, abortion, etc.) than their faith. The Social gospel pervades the movement, which is actually “Christianized Marxism." In my opinion, the church is the final "pillar" which the left is working to bring down.
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Then, to my surprise, Keri Smith, the woman in my article who had written to explain what SJWs are all about after spending the past two years “deprogramming” herself, wrote in response to Jan C’s letter:
Thank you, Laura, for sharing the piece. I wanted to respond to Jan C and tell her I've been seeing and hearing about the same thing in churches. It's called "SJW Convergence," where enough believers take leadership roles in an organization, school, company or church until the SJW ideology subverts the entity's original mission. In the case of academia, for example, the primary goal becomes accepting and preaching this ideology –- and viewing everything through this lens –- so that learning and searching for truth is subverted. In the case of the church, when this ideology takes hold it supplants the very word of God itself. It becomes the *primary* objective, the lens through which everything is viewed. It IS a belief system, a religion of sorts, and you can't serve two masters.
Thank you both so much for writing and warning about this. (And, Keri, I’ll be reading more of your excellent work.) I have done musical performances in churches that seemed to me to be examples of this --- very leftist, political, steeped in the same terminology. I didn't have to sit through a sermon to get the picture --- I could tell just by the things they’d posted on their bulletin boards!
Jan, I find it interesting --- though not surprising --- that these “social justice” churches point fingers at Christians in general and accuse THEM of being “too political” when they themselves are being political. Also, the concept of “Christianized Marxism” is rich with irony, in that, historically speaking, actual Marxists have tried very hard to stop the worship of anything other than the State. But when you think about it, what better way is there to indoctrinate people in a twisted ideology than with the "Word Of God" in hand?
My impression is that churches whose congregations are primarily made up of those “marginalized” groups --- gay, black, etc. --- are likely to lean this way. But wealthy and mostly-white congregations can be just as obsessed, perhaps because of guilt over being “privileged.” SJWs are like carpenter ants, looking everywhere for soft wood. Anyway, I see it happening, too, and am grateful that you brought it into the conversation.