Has The Salvation Army gone woke? Last week, a dozen people reached out to me asking about the validity of several articles that pointed to woke trends in the Army. I link those articles below. One of the people who reached out to me was my colleague and friend, Dr. Matt Friedeman. He and I combined podcasts to talk through this matter. Here are the links:
YouTube - https://youtu.be/W6PTVKidCtM
Dr. Ed McKinley suggests in his definitive history of The Salvation Army in the USA, Marching to Glory, that early salvationist:
…were a little concerned with theories of social justice; they knew only that they’re Heavenly Commander and ordered His soldiers to take in strangers, visit the sick and imprisoned, and offer a drink to the thirsty and food to the hungry. They also knew that there were souls dying all around and that the first step in saving some of them was to lift them up so they could hear that such a thing as salvation existed. (68)
This description is the essence of Salvationism, and I believe these actions are being realized in most Salvation Army units around the world. The Army is at a clear crossroads in its history, and I address that in today’s podcast.
Articles challenging the Army can be found here, here, and here. The most objective report was by Mark Kellner and can be found here. Here’s a link to a blog where I have noted some of the mixed messages from the Army.
Here’s a link to The Salvation Army’s official response.
What should you do? You can restrict your giving to your local SA. Also, if you can be involved in your local SA to know about the nature of their work for those in need that would go a long way to ensure your gifts are used well.
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