The rapid secularization of America means those looking for their Christian faith to have an impact in the marketplace are facing an increasingly hostile reception. “Yes”, we’re told, “you can worship as you like (with pandemic restrictions in place of course) but in the name of tolerance, your faith must stay private.” As companies rush to prove they are appropriately “woke” in light of the social unrest unleashed by George Floyd’s killing, the vice will continue to tighten.
A good illustration of this rush to stay ahead of the secular mob is the latest establishment of a diversity czar, this time at Disney. Jenny Cohen is now Executive VP of Social Responsibility and she’ll report directly to the CEO Bob Chapek. Here’s part of the news release:
“Consumers, employees and investors are increasingly looking to companies to drive positive, impactful change in the world, and at Disney, our goal is to be as admired for our values and contributions to society as we are for the superb entertainment we create,” Chapek said. As a member of the company’s CEO Diversity & Inclusion Council, Cohen is also active in developing and implementing initiatives that support a representative and inclusive culture. (Emphasis added.)
Companies have tripped over themselves in commercials and news releases, illustrating their commitment to “diversity”, without ever explaining what that means. Is it racial, gender, identity, or viewpoint diversity the newly woke companies are championing? Well, I can assure you it ain’t the last one.
As earlier posts have illustrated, the twisting of the word “truth” has meant a silencing of viewpoints that even question the meaning of Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory or LBGQ etc. “rights”. The impact of the silencing, and the refusal to look at what the rush to “diversity” means to religious liberty, is astounding.
I wouldn’t hold out hope that Ms. Cohen, in her role as EVP of Social Responsibility, will be overly concerned with the impact on religious liberty. I say that because I saw what Disney’s CEO in 2019, Bob Iger, threatened to do in Georgia because legislators that year had the audacity to pass a law that tightened restrictions on abortion. The law said it was illegal to abort a baby if the heartbeat was detected. Iger told Reuters news service, ”I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard.”
Can you imagine Iger threatening to shutdown its Broadway shows after New York threw open the doors to abortion on demand that same year? I suspect that there are plenty of Disney employees strongly opposed to New York’s measure, but somehow Iger didn’t share their anger with the press or threaten to leave.
Of course, Disney is still filming in Georgia. Tax credits trump “doing what’s right” I guess, even for the woke CEOs. Well, it made for nice headlines and made many Disney affinity groups giddy.
It is tougher to live out our lives in Christ facing the headwinds of ignorance, intolerance and out right hostility. Yet, even as Christ promised that would be the case, He also promised a Helper to guide Believers. How to respond?
- Listen. We’re too often quick to talk, and preach, and don’t bother hearing.
- Think. We’re too often quick to throw out our quick responses. What’s going on in that brother or sister’s life that is really the issue?
- Question. Probe deeper. “What do you mean when you say _______ ?”
- Follow Up. If we do 1-3, there will be a great opportunity to continue the conversation. And, hey, there might be important questions you don’t yet know how to answer. Great. Nothing wrong with saying, “Great question. I don’t know the answer. Let me find out and get back to you.”
- Know What You Believe. Are we prepared to sound like a committed, reasoned, informed follower of Christ, or just a bigot when defending the Christian worldview?
Upcoming posts will include information on how to engage the increasingly hostile culture and what the constitution’s promise of religious liberty means and how to more effectively defend it.
The Post Covid Church will face problems much greater than how we are to worship together on Sunday. The good news is, there is a powerful God on whose promises we can always depend. What a perfect time to be more prepared to share, and stand firm.