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Are You "WOKE" Through Grace or Self-Righteousness?

In its modern usage, "woke" often refers to being alert to Social and Racial injustice. However, this term isn't directly addressed in the Scriptures as it's a contemporary concept. But we can draw insights from Biblical Principles regarding awareness of Injustice, Righteousness, and Salvation.


1. Awareness of Injustice and the Call to Action:

- Micah 6:8 says, "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God."

- This verse emphasizes the importance of acting justly and loving mercy. A "woke" perspective that aligns with seeking justice and showing compassion resonates with this Biblical Principle.


2. The Danger of Self-Righteousness:

- Isaiah 64:6 notes, "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags..."

- This scripture warns against self-righteousness. If being "Woke" leads to a sense of self-righteousness or moral superiority, it diverges from Biblical teachings emphasizing humility and recognizing our need for God's Grace.


3. Salvation Through Jesus Christ:

- John 14:6 Jesus says, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

According to Christian belief, Salvation is through Faith in Jesus Christ, not through our works or social awareness. If being "Woke" leads one to strive for justice in a way that honors Christ and depends on His Grace, it's a path that complements the journey of Faith. However, if it becomes a substitute for the Gospel message, it will lead away from the core Christian belief in Salvation through Christ alone.


4. The Balance of Faith and Works:

- James 2:26 states, "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead."

- This suggests a balance. Being socially aware and active (which could be part of being "woke") should be an outflow of one's Faith in Christ, not a replacement for it.


In summary, being "Woke" in the sense of being aware of and actively addressing social injustices is in harmony with Christian teachings if it is done with humility, a heart for mercy, and a reliance on God's Grace. However, it should never replace the central Christian doctrine of Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ.


The key is ensuring that being "Woke" leads to actions that reflect Christ's love and Grace rather than a path of Self-Righteousness.

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