If you have a moment, you might want take a look at this video, starting at about the 45 minute mark. In the course of a panel discussion at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a point I had made about the American and Confederate flags came up. My guess is the point they were likely dealing with was the third point in this post.
Being always grateful for a chance to interact with various saints, let me join in on this discussion, albeit somewhat belatedly.
In his response, Dr. Akin said that the two situations were different. His reasoning was this — he said that when the average person looked at the Confederate flag, he would simply think “slavery,” and that there is no comparable reaction when people looked at the American flag. There are two responses to this that I would like to offer.
First, we could round up quite a few people who do in fact have a visceral negative reaction to the American flag. They do exist, and there are quite a lot of them. It is not that people have a universal negative reaction to the Confederate flag and they also have a universal happy response to the American flag. There is a mixed response to both. If that were not the case, we wouldn’t be having the controversy. Now controversy exists because what some people think is simply dismissed. So you could reduce my question to this — why do we dismiss this group and not that group? I grant that our reactions are different. What I want to know is why they are different.
If slavery was such a horrendous cultural sin that it can entirely discredit everything else that was worthy about the South, then why doesn’t our sin of legal human abortion, a much more horrendous cultural sin, discredit everything worthy about America? We are painting with a wide brush, are we not? One begins to suspect that it is because the former sin is defeated and dead, and has been in the ground for 150 years, and can therefore be opposed with impunity, while the latter sin is the one we are committing right this minute.
To his credit, Dr. Akin granted that the American abortion holocaust is in fact a holocaust, but he argued that people didn’t think of that when they saw our flag. Now of course I know that generally speaking, this is quite true. People don’t think that. But that was not my argument. My argument is that they should think that. If logical consistency matters, and not just emotional reactions, then what ought the response to be?
It is quite true that I have this strong negative reaction when I see the mote in my brother’s eye, and I do not have that same emotional reaction to the beam in my own. But that is not really a good argument; that is simply a statement of the problem.
Now it really is reasonable to ask what an African-American Christian thinks when he sees that Confederate flag on a fellow Christian’s pick-up truck. Let me repeat that — that is a reasonable question. It should be taken into account. What would a charitable approach to this be? I don’t despise this question. What I despise is all the special pleading and hypocrisy. So if we want our redneck brethren to learn how to remove such offensive stickers from their vehicles, we could begin by calling on all hipster Christians to show them the way by scraping their Obama/Biden stickers off. You know, Barack “God Bless Planned Parenthood” Obama.
So with rednecks confronted with a reasonable question, it is also reasonable to ask what the thirteen million African-American children who were aborted since Roe think when they see the American flag. But of course, they were never given the opportunity to think anything about it because we killed them first. They won’t ever see the American flag that flew over and authorized their “legal” slaughter. They don’t know what to think about it because we sold their brains to StemExpress.
What flag was flying outside the Supreme Court the day they settled Roe? And you want to judge the old Confederacy? Suit yourself, but the judgment with which you judge you shall be judged. What you measure out will be measured to you again. So before putting on your indignation robes and ascending behind the bench, you need to remember that the flesh of black Americans is still for sale in these United States. They are doing it right now in FedEx boxes. So before you get agitated by what I am saying about the flags, reflect on the fact that a whole bunch of “racial-reconciliation Christians” voted for Obama. Why are you so worked up? I didn’t vote for Jeff Davis, and they did vote for Obama.
Until we learn a true and principled ethical consistency, we will be constantly manipulated and steered by the zeitgeist fog machine. That, incidentally, is my point in posting the meme above. Our tangled inconsistencies are the reason our opposition to the secularists is so pathetic. Because of our unwillingness to live and die by the Scriptures, we are a coalition of dust bunnies fighting an F-5 tornado.