Talking about talking about race | James Poulos | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.This article is well worth reading and I especially recommend it to the presbyters of the Western Carolina Presbytery PCA who will soon be considering another fatuous resolution on the designer sin du jour called “Racism”. I wish that they would focus their attention on some of the garden variety sins that are actually in the Bible like pride, tale-bearing and lying and which are rampant in society and even the presbytery. If they insist on dealing with something more exotic, they might even go so far as to look into the sin of “offering strange incense” that goes on in some of the worship services of the PCA and elsewhere, but no, they would much rather waste the time of the court on codifying a Marxist sin that appears nowhere per se in the Bible
Every so often, it seems that some in the Evangelical churches feel compelled to propagate another spasm of kritika i samokritika or criticism and self-criticism with regard to racism, vid. the NAPARC statement, the recent, much-contested PCA Pastoral Letter on Racism and no doubt there are others by the Quakers, Unitarians, etc. This process of self-unmasking is not part of Christianity but is the Marxist religion’s version of confession, repentance and absolution. It is a psychological ploy to enforce alignment with the Party values.
This review is illustrative of the problem
|Igal Halfin’s book ,Terror in My Soul: Communist Autobiographies on Trial, examines the language and ritual of Russia’s Communist Party in the 1920s and 1930s. In particular, the author looks at party discourse and autobiography in order to shed light on the brutal dynamics of Joseph Stalin’s Great Purge. He emphasizes the power of Bolshevik language and claims that the potential for violence was inherent in Communist discourse itself. According to Halfin, “a Manichean view of the universe penetrated the Communist discourse” (p. 13), and this discourse, which divided society into the good and the evil, “had unintended consequences” (p. 5). The book effectively broadens our understanding not only of the Communist Party but of revolutionary violence in Soviet Russia.
| In his examination of Communist discourse, Halfin focuses on party members rather than the Soviet population at large, and seeks to explain how Russia’s ruling elite could turn against itself in the 1930s. For example, he states that the indiscriminate persecution of the opposition after the Kirov murder in 1934 “had its roots in the official political discourse” (p. 230). Halfin argues that party members whose thoughts were structured by the language of Bolshevism embraced the violence inherent in this language.
Racism, to those pushing this current paroxysm of self-criticism, is the new Original Sin. This is the Evil that is preventing the triumph of Christ’s-kingdom-here-on-Earth-and-right-now. They have unfortunately embraced the Manichean or Gnostic dualistic view that racism and even race itself are the final evils to be overcome by we the good people. They are Yankee Utopians in their outlook. Christ is not establishing his kingdom. They are. If they could just kill racism (whatever that is) Progress would uh, well progress.
With these people sin, real sin, is what those other people are doing and thinking (especially thinking). The locus of evil is always outside of themselves. It is in someone else and we need to get rid of their wrong, bad thoughts or we must get rid of them. Violence is inherent in their Marxist categories and Communist discourse. So they will purge the ranks, burn the witches, drown the racists, hang the Old Earthers and the New Jerusalem will descend from the clouds.
Is there such a thing as racism? Not based on the current definitions and how the concept works out in reality. The term itself is indefinite and amorphous. An undefined word is practically useless. In practice the word is a shape-shifter. As a term “racism” has come to define things that have nothing to do with race. Watch the “A Conversation about Race” to see this in action.
As best “racism” is not a certain kind of thought pattern or action. It is a club. It means shut-up. In practice it is an insult or term of opprobrium that only works against non-whites. It means the same thing as nigger, but for white people. Non-whites who practice or say things that others may consider to be racist are never labeled as racists. Witness Rev. Jessie Jackson. Is he called as racist because he referred to New York City as Hymie-town due to its large Jewish population? No. But if he were Rush Limbaugh he would be called racist until he died. That is because in reality the word only applies to whites who deviate from the party-line of Cultural Marxism (i.e. Political Correctness).
So, when an almost purely white denomination tries to issue its own definition of the word they stray into the fever swamps of anti-racism. That attempt in itself can be seen as a “racist” act. They may think that they are doing something good but they fail to realize that they are not in charge of the definition of racism. They are oppressors and non-whites are the oppressed. Therefore anything they say on the subject is an attempt to wrest power from the powerless.
Don’t ask me. I know that this verbiage makes no sense to sane people but it has its own internal logic if one understands the Marxist/Hegelian construct that underlies the concept of “racism.” The non-whites are the proletariat who are oppressed and the whites are the oppressors.
When one begins to look at the video the history of political correctness you will understand how the West is being demolished by its own convenient idiots. People who promote P.C. concepts like racism are actually helping to destroy the Western civilization’s bulwark protecting Christianity. Promoting the idea that “racism” is a sin is helping to destroy the existence of Christianity.
I would counsel those in the Church who are worried about race relations to focus on Biblical categories rather than Marxist ones. Talk about pride even race-based pride, talk about arrogance or race-based hatred or sloth. Talk about the things that are in Scripture and stop falling into the hands of the anti-Christs by talking like them and stop promoting their agenda.