This program pulled some wool back off my eyes. Includes a critique of the Evangelical Church leadership waywardness. When the wind blows, can we count on them to lead us forward?
This is a great introduction to this critical topic in our day.
- How Should Christians Understand Structural Sin and Systemic Racism?
- As soon as you put us together and we formed structures together, our sinfulness comes into that structure.
- The issue comes down in the American context to the terminology of structural racism or systemic racism. Do we believe in it or not? Well, you have to answer this question by saying yes in one sense, no in another.
- Well, we understand that yes, there is individual responsibility, and it is individuals as we shall see who will stand before the judgment of God, but those individuals have now in their sin of abortion into a structural arena, into the systems of society. They have done so through, for example, the Supreme Court handing down the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
- They have done so by legislatures, as we have seen in New York, in Illinois, and in other states even adopting more radical abortion rights legislation.
- What Is Liberation Theology? The Definition of Sin Is at Stake
- The Protestant liberals of the 19th and 20th centuries began to replace the gospel of Jesus Christ
- What was wrong with Protestant liberalism is that it actually denied the gospel of Jesus Christ and sought instead to come up with a political methodology or a political mission and strategy for the church.
- The second danger we have to observe is the arrival in the middle of the 20th century and especially in the last half of the last century of what is known as liberation theology.
- This you might say was a social gospel taken to its quantum level. Liberation theology emerged first among Roman Catholics in central and South America but soon it became translated into other cultural contexts, the United States and Europe.
- They basically took the biblical gospel and replaced it with a Marxist understanding of social revolution.
- They changed the good news of the gospel as salvation in Jesus Christ to the good news of social and moral progress that would come by liberating human beings, thus liberation theology, and doing so through the appropriation of a Marxist revolutionary context and platform.
- It also became in North America a variegated format or constellation of positions that include what had been called black liberation theology and feminist theology, and even more recently, the theologies of liberation as they have been styled that have been appropriated by the LGBTQ community.
- Karl Marx alleged an exercise of oppression
- So, here’s what we have to understand. The social gospel of the Protestant liberals of the 19th and 20th centuries gave way in the second half of the 20th century to these theologies of liberation, but the theologies of liberation did something else. The Protestant liberals started this. They took it to its ultimate conclusion, and that was the redefinition of human sin.
- Sin was redefined so that it was no longer the transgression of God’s law, the breaking of the commandment, robbing God of his glory, an individual act of revolt against a holy God. It was translated into social structures alone, nearly exclusively, if not absolutely exclusively. Sin is now a systemic structural issue. It is not an individual issue. It’s not a matter of my sin and your sin, our violation of God’s law. It is instead the reference to systemic, corporate, political, economic oppression.
- The answer to that kind of oppression, said the liberationists, is revolution, a communist Marxist form of what they called praxis in the place of a biblical understanding of the gospel.
- So, in the perspective of those who operate from this liberationist methodology, when they talk about structural or systemic sin, structural or systemic racism, they mean that it’s not really about individuals being responsible for this sin and it’s not about even those individual sins and individual sinners effecting the society systemically and structurally and as laws and policies. They mean a revolution by which the entire experiment of Western civilization, its virtues, its values, its structures, its institutions, and biblical orthodox Christianity as a part of the shaping influences of Western culture, these have to be undone.
- Liberation will only come and oppression will only cease, they say, when the society is revolutionized by a Marxist revolution and that which is, is no more and there will be a new liberated age on the other side of the revolution.
- Now, understand that that’s the energy behind so much of the political and cultural left in the United States.
- the rioters and their apologists demand what amounts to a total reorientation of the entire society. Speaking of this revolutionary energy, he then writes, “Their intellectual leaders tell us that capitalism is white supremacy, that immigration enforcement and patriotism are racist and tax cuts reify racial inequality.”
- What Should the Christian Response Be to Systemic Racism?
- I think in that article the confession of faith of the Southern Baptist Convention gets the answer just about exactly right. So, I’ll leave it there.
- Shaun King said Monday it’s time for anything resembling “white Jesus” to be expunged from the public square.The staunch Black Lives Matter activist made the comments as online activists continued to debate which statues and monuments were culturally unacceptable in 2020.The May 25 death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, under the weight of Minneapolis police served as the impetus for activists to tear down statues of historical figures like Christopher Columbus and George Washington.“Yes,” Mr. King said regarding his support for tearing down images of Christ. “All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form [of] white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.”The activist doubled down on the matter in response to feedback.“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” he said. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.
In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down.”
Consider what the wisdom of the Word can do to your mind in times such as these. Is it a time to throw bricks or a time to gather them?
“I said to myself concerning the sons of men, ‘God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts.'”Solomon Ecclesiastes 3:18
This passage refers to Israel. Today’s plague and afflictions, do they not afflict Israel as well?
When the Lord left Israel to return to His place, has Israel turned from sin or sought to seek His face? Has any nation done any better?
Does God show partiality in a way to exempt all nations from His standard? Are we bound, along with all other nations to seek His holiness?
This lives up to its title. There is a way to understand our word. It is not easy, but it is possible. Study people, the right people. A lot of important questions related to our state. Man has come up with a lot of dangerous ideas and now he is trying to manage them to a devious selfish godless end. Is starvation a war tactic? Will God leave us here to die? I don’t know; have you been sitting or standing the last few days? I’m sure the elite put a limited time offer on viewing this material.
Roosh uses this stream to introduce his audience to Dyer’s work. Dyer is a popular YouTuber who specializes on manifestations of the occult in American popular culture, especially Hollywood, and Christian apologetics, i.e. arguments that Christianity is true.
One of the reasons it is a good conversation is that both Roosh and Dyer are serious Orthodox Christians, and Roosh is able to ask the right questions to bring out this aspect of Dyer’s work.
The last half of this 2.5 hour stream is devoted to Roosh asking Dyer about his Christian faith and how he came to Orthodoxy, and they discuss Orthodoxy’s merits compared to other Christian denominations. Dyer is Russian Orthodox, converted from Protestantism by way of Trad Catholic, and Roosh is Armenian Orthodox.
The last half hour is devoted to answering viewers’ questions during the live stream, and it is interesting that most of them were about Christianity.
Roosh is a well-known figure from the so-called ‘Manosphere’ who has embraced Christianity over the last two years. Both of these YouTubers have large audiences because they are smart and interesting. You can see Dyer’s recent videos on YouTube here.
Highly recommended.Truth to Power
Seen on 2020-05-12 22:42:26