With the rise of political fervor in American life, many organizations have felt the need to take a political stance. The NBA is pro “trans rights”, Nike supports Colin Kaepernick’s fight against “oppression”, even Gillette has taken a stance against “toxic masculinity.” All these companies do this in hopes that their virtue signaling and social justice initiatives will result in more customers.
The most concerning trend in this direction comes from somewhere more surprising: the church. Many churches today are espousing ideas about oppressed/ oppressor narratives and then trying to explain how such theories are supported by a biblical worldview. Those people couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, what they are doing is totally undermining the fundamental principles of Christianity.
The tricky part about these ideas is that on the surface they sound noble. Finding justice for African Americans. Working towards equality for all women. Making sure the less fortunate are looked after. Every good Christian wants all of those things. Here’s the problem, these churches’ solution is the murderous philosophy of Karl Marx.
Originally, the theory of Marxism posited that reality and humanity are motivated solely by a struggle for economic power. Each person is born a blank slate, and then are fully defined by the economic class they are born into. Inherently, the rich, capitalist bourgeoisie are born oppressors, and the working class proletariat are the oppressed. In order to reach full equality and true paradise, wealth needs to be redistributed from the bourgeoisie to all of the proletariat. Everyone needs the same amount of money.
A few countries tried implementing this economic policy throughout history. In the last century alone, over 100 million people died because of it. Earlier in the 20th century, Marxism was very popular among intellectuals in the west. After all this devastation, this philosophy fell out of favor.
Instead of dying off like it should have, Marxism was transformed. Instead of simply assigning oppressor/oppressed labels based on economic status, this new Neo-Marxism assigned these labels to groups based on their immutable characteristics.
Thus Cultural Marxism was born. Dividing up people based on immutable characteristics, looking at their gross economic/ social representation and then deciding who the victims are. Black are oppressed by whites. Women are oppressed by men. Gays are oppressed by straights.
There are a plethora of reasons why equality of opportunity doesn’t mean equal outcomes, including significant differences between groups (men and women have different biological advantages for instance, Asians tend to do better in academics because of their hardworking culture, etc) but besides that, this philosophy is inherently anti-Christian.
To its core, Marxism is a religion. Its followers have faith in a utopic ideal. If every group was treated the exact same and had equal amount of wealth, then we would all be equally happy.
There is no divine individual. God didn’t create you as someone special and unique, born to bare his image. You are defined by your group identity. Straight white Christian man. Gay black Muslim woman. Transgender Latina woman.
Christianity is all about the divine individual. Playing the game of identity politics in the church only chips away at his message. Churches should be teaching people how to find salvation in Christ, and work towards improving yourself as an individual. No matter how much material wealth you accumulate, only admitting you own failings and surrendering to Christ can make you whole.
The Church is the bride of Christ. It serves as the moral center of the community. Bringing all the individuals of that community together, having them face their own failings and then go back into the world better for it. It is not a place to preach about political talking points and group guilt/privileges. Using the Church as a platform to list off statistical discrepancies between groups and then ascribe group blame based on said discrepancies is not just ignorant but also immoral.
While they no doubt have good intentions, these social justice churches are slowly breaking down the cultural foundation of the bible. We can only hope that instead of trying to fix social and governmental ills, they return to the churches original purpose. Fixing broken hearts. No amount of “equal pay” can ever accomplish that.
Luke 12: 13-21
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”