Ach. I misunderstood you, then. I don’t see wokeness in the ecclesiastical circles in which I circulate, and it all springs from a self-conscious commitment to Biblical sexuality. Rather, I see wokeness in all the reading I do - including the offerings of standard evangelical publishing houses (Crossway, Zondervan, IVP, etc.).
I’m convinced by now (after 30 years of combing through this kind of stuff that has come to be called woke) that aberrations and abuses in the area of sex are the fountainhead of anything woke. An example:
Back in the late Nineties I was having lunch with Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, a senior editor of Touchstone. Touchstone Journal is a project driven by Roman, Orthodox, and Protestant writers, to defend and to proclaim mere Christianity to a world (that includes the church!) that is hostile to mere Christianity. In view of the contradictions in doctrine amongst these broad communions, some of them going back centuries, I was always intrigued by how the enterprise actually worked. This lunch gave me an opportunity to query a man who had been on the ground floor at Touchstone’s birth.
I pointed out to Fr. Reardon what he obviously already knew - the doctrinal contradictions among the editors who were working together to vet, edit, and publish articles in the journal. And, then, I asked, “In view of these contradictions, how to you evaluate a prospective new editor? What doctrinal filter, whose doctrinal filter is deployed in choosing the new man?”
“Oh, that’s easy,” he replied with a sly grin. “We just ask what they think about the ordination of women, and to defend whatever it is they do think about it. Early on we learned that a man’s answer to that question was . . .,” and here he grinned more broadly, “… a touchstone for all the rest that matters.”
As to sexual ethics, dig up Barna’s polling site and dig up his polls from back in the Nineties (I think), where he reported that the incidence of routine sex outside marriage among evangelicals was around 85 percent, just five percent less than the non-evangelical population. Or consider the reports you see here and there about the consumption of pornography among evangelical men, among evangelical pastors.
You haven’t see wokeness or departures from Biblical sexual ethics in the creeds. Admitted - the ecumenical creeds didn’t address sexual ethics per se. But consider this line from the Apostle’s Creed:
…Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary …
Or this from Nicea:
… he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
Nothing to do with sex, right? Get into a conversation with some woke folks and ask them if Jesus Christ is a human male right now. The opinion you find won’t be universal (yet), but you will commonly find their answers (1) doubtful/confused as to a correct answer, or (2) an insistence that God - and therefore, Jesus - is beyond sex, that his maleness was a feature of his time on earth, that in the resurrection we will be neither male nor female.
I’m with you on what I fear is coming in the next generation of evangelicals, who - because of their embrace of homosexuality and everything else aberrant in sex as normal - will finally disqualify themselves decisively from any claim to be evangelical. That embrace is already well underway, extending to any creedal affirmation of the incarnation, to dismiss it as a temporary expedient that is discarded (i.e. sex itself becomes ultimately irrelevant).
And, so, today sex should have no bearing on qualifications of church office! In the resurrection, sex as we know it vanishes! And, we should live resurrection lives now, dontcha know. So, of course we can (and should for the sake of justice) ordain women. And lesbians. And gays. And trans folk. And so on and so forth.
Yes, I think wokeness is already warping the creeds.