Earlier in September, Josh McDowell made and would later apologize for his remarks about skin color that he made at a conference. But the words he actually spoke attributed disparities to culture as opposed to skin color. This invited hard conversations for people to have, and while Josh McDowell was not 100% right, he was more right than wrong in the words that he spoke. Yet, the woke mob went after him. And so Josh McDowell bent the knee and removed himself from ministries.
This issue has come and gone, but since then Big Eva is championing McDowell’s cowardice as a model for how we should respond to accusations of racism. Josh McDowell put aside his “White fragility” just as Robin DiAngelo would have taught him to do. It’s worth noting that the reason the woke mob came after Josh McDowell is because they sensed weakness. They knew he was a squealer.
Ed Stetzer wrote a piece for leftist newspaper, USA Today praising McDowell’s cowardice as a model for Evangelicals to follow.
In an age of denial, McDowell’s apology is an instructive model on owning the causality of our words and actions in other people’s harm. Yet the episode may be an instructive example of the broader – and often cyclical – challenge the evangelical movement faces in making lasting progress around issues of race.
Ed Stetzer praises McDowell for bowing like a dog. He then goes on to write about how we shouldn’t reduce (his) ideology to buzzwords like CRT and social justice.
Few events capture this truth as much as the debate around critical race theory. As with broader American society, recent evangelical discussions of race have been dominated by the specter of CRT. Efforts by some evangelicals to weaponize words like CRT and social justice as buzz words for dangerous ideology only fortify the barricades and cripple fruitful discussion among orthodox believers about the existence of systemic sin and injustice. Indeed, McDowell’s comments stem from his participation in this criticism.
When church leaders reduce complex ideas to simplistic buzzwords, the end result is always irrational fear and suspicion rather than honest dialogue.
It’s worth noting that social justice is an inherently political term as it necessitates identity politics. Ed Stetzer talks about the need for dialog after holding the cloaks for the woke mob who did not want a conversation about the topic that we supposedly need to talk about.
Ed Stetzer wants Josh McDowell to be an affirmative object lesson for how to handle accusations of racism, when he is yet another object lesson on not being a coward by apologizing to the woke mob.