“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him,” Colossians 1:16-17 reads. “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Of course, all people who God created have strayed from him and sinned, but they all can be welcomed back into the flock, if I’m reading my Bible correctly.
Or perhaps I’m not, at least according to Union Theological Seminary Dean Kelly Brown Douglas who insists, “You can’t be white and follow Jesus.”
Well, this is certainly a curious position to hold. Apparently, whiteness makes one unable to follow the Lord.
Douglas made the remarks to Episocal priest Mike Kinman during the Rector’s Forum at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, last month. They’re more complex and yet somehow more absurd than I’ve adumbrated above.
“Whiteness and Christianity just don’t go together,” she claims.
She mentions that whiteness is a construct that “blinds one to the possibilities of the richness of whom God has created us to be — and the possibilities of the fullness of the way in which we can live that out into this just vision that is God’s.”
“Just because you look like a white American doesn’t mean you have to act like one. The first step on the road to recovery is to own one’s whiteness and realize how it keeps you from your true identity as a child of God.” – @DeanKBD of @EDSatUnion pic.twitter.com/Xu1IcOsSN4
— Union Seminary (@UnionSeminary) April 11, 2019
But don’t worry: You can recover from your whiteness, too.
“Just because you look like a white American doesn’t mean you have to act like one,” Douglas said. “The first step on the road to recovery is to own one’s whiteness and realize how it keeps you from your true identity as a child of God.”
This isn’t just one isolated speech, either. In a Monday piece at Grace to You titled, “The New Segregation,” Darrell B. Harrison and Cameron Buettel note that this twisted form of social justice has been creeping into Christianity for some time now.
Beyond Douglas, they also cite pastor Thabiti Anyabwile. A council member with the Christian publisher The Gospel Coalition, Anyabwile says white people bear original sin for the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“While Anyabwile doesn’t go to the anathematizing extremes of Douglas, he still has no qualms accusing generations of white people of guilt by melanin regarding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘My white neighbors and Christian brethren can start by at least saying their parents and grandparents and this country are complicit in murdering a man who only preached love and justice,'” Harrison and Buettel note.
The people who are preaching this false Gospel need to crack open a Bible: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ,” Galatians 3:26-28 reads. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
But as Harrison and Buettel point out, repentance of sin, belief in Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection isn’t the only aspect of Christianity needed for salvation according to social justice advocates like Douglas. Instead, renunciation of one’s whiteness is also a necessary penance to be a believer.
This is open race hatred, plain and simple — not to mention a rejection of what the Bible teaches.
Neither Douglas nor Anyabwile are representative of the dominant movement within the Christian faith, but they certainly represent an ascendant one. It’s a movement that considers itself virtuous not because of anything Jesus Christ did for us, but because of who they exist in opposition to.
This new religion is based on hate and bears no resemblance to biblical Christian faith.
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