Is Faith Relevant in a “Woke” Age?

Poor atheists have competition in the quests for the minds and souls of the clueless. BLM, Black Lives Matter (the organization) and Antifa might rightly be seen as denominations in the religious world of Wokeism. Many “protestors” and rioters in the US are adherents of one or more woke sect. Others are just along for the ride.

NY Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, often shouted to crowds, “Keep the faith, baby.” It ‘s reasonable to ask in what the corrupt politician had his faith
So, I ask the question: given the ease with which many people attach them selves to these quasi-religious groups, is faith relevant today? Let’s start with a definition.

Faith: “Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.”[1]

In a day and age in which morals, beliefs, attitudes changes rapidly, is it reasonable or even possible to put one’s faith in anything trustworthy?

The church was once a major influence on the mind and the values of the Western world. But the church today has lost its moral authority. People have a lot of options when it comes to faith and their view of the world. I’d like to take a look at just a few of the more popular viewpoints which form the basis for how our society thinks and what it values.

Springboards for Faith. (Platforms or foundations from which people form their ideas about society and the world around them).

Guarded Pluralism. Western democracies, by which I mean, primarily, European countries, Canada and the US, tend to pride themselves on being “pluralistic.” This means, theoretically, that members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups enjoy equal opportunity to participate fully in the development of both the society and their own special interests. In practice, this pluralism works best when one’s special interests coincide with the social and cultural trends of the day. Specifically, there is a tendency to be left outside the pluralism loop when one holds strong beliefs based upon traditional Judeo-Christian values. Let’s take a brief overview of some of the areas in which people of religious faith are excluded from the pluralism of society.

  • Textbook selection. Textbooks in the public school classrooms today include favorable readings on astrology, black magic, homosexuality, cheating to succeed. What’s left out, of course, is any positive mention of religion, or religious persons. Charles Krauthammer wrote in an article that was printed in the Washington Post Magazine, that: “…It is true that school textbooks have recently developed an allergy to traditional religion.  Like blacks a generation ago, religion hardly exists in the work of Dick and Jane.  Paul Vitz, a professor at New York University, plowed heroically through 60 social science textbooks and shows that they grossly ignore religion [Christianity] in American history and society.  One textbook manages to give the Pilgrims thirty pages without once trespassing on the issue of the religious [Christian] motivation for their excursion to the New World.  Another text defines Pilgrims as “people who make long trips.”[2]
  • The annual creche wars. Every year the battle continues regarding whether or not displays of  manger scenes can be placed on public property. Coincides with,
  • No mention of Christmas in schools. You can have holidays- even Halloween, but don’t mention Christmas. Don’t sing traditional carols.
  • Bible studies on campus. Banned. Removing funds for Christian groups on university campuses.
  • BLM. An avowed Marxist organization which has gained a foothold not only in schools and corporate America, but in many churches as well as “progressive” pastors and churches try to Out-Woke one another.
  • The Homosexual lobby and its agenda. Takeover of television (AJ and the Queen,  Boys, etc) Speaking of schools, it’s not alright to have Bible studies or wear Christian jewelry in publicly-funded schools – but it’s OK to have publicly-funded schools just for homosexuals.

Misplaced Faith. This is the second platform upon which modern society builds its world. The Apostle Paul said to the philosophers gathered in Athens, a city which abounded with household deities and pagan philosophies, “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.” Our society today is no less religious. But the object of religious faith is seldom Jesus Christ. Instead, He has been replaced with many new household deities. It is important for observers of culture to understand what mankind views as worthy of his faith and trust. For the Christian, in particular, it’s important to have a working knowledge of the competing “faith traps” of the world in order to articulate to the world a belief in Jesus Christ as the savior and in God’s Word as absolute Truth. Understanding the underpinnings of other faith systems will also help Christians to maintain their spiritual equilibrium.

Next Week: Objects of Faith

What are your thoughts, readers?


[1] The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth EditionCopyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.  

[2] Krauthammer, Charles.  “Scopes Revised.” Washington Post Magazine, October 19, 1986.

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