Fault Lines (book review)

Title: Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe
Author: Voddie T. Baucham Jr.
Publisher: Salem Books
Date: 2021
Pages: 251

Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe (book review)

Voddie Baucham is pastor, speaker, church planter and dean of a Christian college in Zambia, Africa. He takes a look at what is occurring in America at this time and its affects upon the church.

He starts off with telling his own story of struggle as a black child growing up in America with a broken family. By normal standards, he did not have a chance to succeed in life, yet he is extremely successful. Even though his family line came from America as slaves, he does not see himself as a Africa/American, but as an American. This gives a good background as to the credibility of what he is saying and that it is not siding with the other side.

Once his background is established, he takes a look at what Marxism, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Black Lives Matter organization and racism are and what they are about in America. He describes the history of each and how they are interconnected.

During the year of 2020, there were several major incidents involving a black person being killed by a white policeman. This caused many riots throughout the nation and the uprising of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization. Using many articles, Voddie is able to show the ties between BLM and Marxism. He looks at several of the incidents that occurred and breaks down the truth of what actually occurred, versus what the media had said.

In all of this, Voddie shows how the church in America is buying into the false lies of CRT. He is against racism and shows how Christianity is against it also, but denies that it is systemic in America. Voddie is able to clearly present what the church should be saying and doing in this time of racist turmoil in America. He boldly speaks out against several well known Christian leaders and organizations, while not condemning them.

One of the great things I like in this book are the great links to all of the articles and information that he cites throughout the book. Everything that he talks about can be verified in other locations.

I highly recommend every believer to read this book. It will open the eyes of one as to what BLM is really about, the truth of racism in America and what the church should do to move forward.

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