Whiteness at the Intersection
Interesting thoughts on the whiteness of intersectionality. I have felt this sentiment in my gut for some time, but here it is all laid out in words. More concerning than this, however, is that the evangelical church seems to be falling for it hook, line, and sinker.
Kyle, yes. There is a great deal of gullibility going around.
This is regarding your recent article, “The Unbearable Whiteness of Intersectionality.” Some of the criticism to the concept of institutional racism has been that such a concept does not point to any particular individual to blame for racism, and thus it creates a racist boogeyman in culture at large that no one is able to point to, but is certainly responsible for systemic oppression. Likewise, when you speak of white progressives, “the pasty white guy,” as you described, setting the bar for progressivism, are there particular notorious individuals we can point to today responsible for the problem of whiteness? If there is no one person (persons) for our fingers to point to, does that present a similar problem that is seen in the boogeyman of institutional racism? I also understand it is entirely possible that I failed to understand your argument and have thus wasted your time with this letter. I sincerely hope the latter is not the case. I would appreciate your thoughts. Blessings in Christ,
Justin, if I understand your question and possible objection, it would go like this. Isn’t it inconsistent to object to the liberal generalizations about whiteness, and then to frame a few conservative generalizations about liberal whiteness myself? And my reply to this is that I don’t object to generalizations or caricature as such. Jesus painted the Pharisaical party in cartoonish colors, and He did so righteously. He gets to call them whited sepulchers, and they don’t get to call Him a drunkard and a glutton. And the reason has to do with the accuracy of the caricature (can you recognize the target through it?) and whether or not the thing caricatured is a problem. The officiousness of the pasty white guy is a thing, and as a thing, it is a problem. The white privilege that sets people off is also a thing, but in a biblical worldview there is nothing wrong with something like “privilege.” That is only a sin in the egalitarian dictionary.
I agree with you on several points in this article, such as your observation that Clarence Thomas (and Thomas Sowell for that matter) are not treated as blacks by radical liberals, but I question the idea that the intersectionality business is white-run. The very term was invented by a black lady professor named Kimberle Crenshaw. It is true that most liberal professors and newsmen are still white, and that whites have played a major role in the wave of radicalism, but in recent years that seems to have been changing, as the University of Missouri succumbed to student protesters. Obama, the most socially liberal president the U.S.A. ever had, is black, and old white liberals such as Barbara Boxer and Frank Lautenberg are being replaced by still-more-liberals of color such as Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. The Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle attacked Bernie Sanders—I don’t know why. Perhaps I am missing something in this article, but I do not believe that intersectionality is an elite white conspiracy, and if it is, it is likely to be taken over by a diverse band of liberals, as Shift and Ginger fell to Tash when the Calormenes came.
James, yes. This has to do with the point I was making about proxy wars. When the group that the progressive whites raise up start thinking a little bit too independently, and start to believe the propaganda that is being circulated concerning them, they can start to challenge those who initially sponsored them. And that is why the white progs then raise up another group that trumps the earlier ones. Why is the hot item right now the tranny thing? Because white liberals can flood into it. Heterosexual black men are now participating in the sin of white privilege.
The Prayer for Andrew Cuomo
If the murderers can be saved oh GOD, I pray for their salvation with repentance/removal from their filthy sick crimes. Oh, carry my grief, carry our grief for the innocent victims. Lead us in our forgiving thoughts on what to think righteously, and what to speak righteously, and what to do righteously oh precious HOLY SPIRIT. In JESUS name. Amen Amen Amen Amen
Marguerite, and amen.
Powerful, excellent. Moving!
Andrew, thank the Lord.
AMEN and AMEN! And may You, LORD, give us a peg in Your holy place, that You may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.
Thomas, yes. May the Lord lift us up out of the slippery place where we currently are.
Thank you! I serve at our local pregnancy resource centers and can sometimes be discouraged by the apathy I see in pastors and churches. It is such an encouragement to have a pastor speak on behalf of the pre-born. So many have (wrongly) asserted that this is either a “political issue” or a “women’s issue” and their faulty reasoning gives them a “get out of jail free” card. I shared with our board that we need more volunteers/client advocates and they asked why folks are not serving. I said, “Prayerlessness.” Thank you for praying, preaching, writing, teaching and loving. You help to strengthen my heart for the work.
Kat, keep up the good work.
So excited about Canon releasing more audiobooks! I have been so blessed by their books, but given my life right now, I probably get through 5 or 6 audiobooks to every hard copy book I read, since I can “read” audiobooks while I cook, wash dishes, clean, supervise the kids from the porch, drive around, etc. I am stockpiling my Audible credit in anticipation.
Lori, that’s the spirit . . .
So y’all are making a concerted push to transfer canon books to audio. That’s great! If y’all are interested, I would love to be a part of it. Long time reader, jail chaplain, member of Trinity Presbyterian CREC in Valparaiso FL. Inspired by CR Wiley’s encouragement to antifragility and household economy, I have recently purchased a fairly quality mic and am interested in getting into audio book recording, particularly recording of solid Christian audio, and y’all definitely fit that bill. If y’all could use some cheap help, I would definitely be interested.
B, I passed your contact info on. Perhaps you will hear from them. But just by the way of a preliminary question, do you say y’all that much when you read?
Find Your Calling
I am a big fan all the way in Missouri and I am extremely grateful for all of your video and written content. I am currently reading Father Hunger and so far it has been a joy to read. I’m 23 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration but I haven’t really determined what I am supposed to be doing with my life in terms of vocation and I don’t know how to begin tangibly discovering my calling. I have prayed for provision and clarity and I will continue to wait for the answer to those things. But, since I have read this, I want to ask: how should I go about discovering my calling? What aspects of my life should I be taking a hard look at and how should I aid myself in the determination of my talents and abilities and the gifts God has given me to build a suitable life for a wife, children, and bring glory to Jesus? Thank you for all that you do. Blessings,
Christ Hidden in Your Calling: God has granted you so much wisdom and I sincerely want to thank you for consistently applying the balm of the gospel and the Word of God to life—all of Christ for all of life. I hope you continue to write and engage the culture as long as you can; otherwise, who will I go to read as a modern day Chesterton. God bless you and your work!
Seth, thanks for the very kind words.
Any suggestions for good commentaries on Hebrews? Also, what happened to CanonWired? I haven’t been able to access it for some time. It just times out when I try. Bill
Bill, I can heartily recommend Christ and His Rivals. The only down side is that the guy who wrote it thinks he is funny. And CanonWired is right here.
Can you direct me to an online teaching that Doug has written which answers this question: “Must a man divorce his wife if there has been adultery on her part but she was demonstrably repentant?”
Chris, that sounds familiar, and I am guessing it was an Ask Doug question. I am not sure how to go about finding it. But my answer would be no, divorce is not mandatory when the guilty spouse is repentant. Even so, even with repentance, the wronged spouse has the option of divorce. For my part, as a counselor, when a marriage can be put back together in a biblical way, that is what I work for.
A Reasonable Gripe
I’m a long time reader of yours. This is not a response to any given post. But rather a gripe/request about how you creatively title your posts. I have often had the following experience: 1) I read an awesome article of yours 2) years pass 3) I think to myself, “I’d like to re-read that Wilson post where he deals with the question ‘Why do we need to ask forgiveness if God has already forgiven all our sins?’” 4) I look for it and can’t find it, because for all I know it may be titled “A Polecat in a Hollow Tree,” or something like that. :-) Maybe your search engine is better than I realize. But I wish the titles were more descriptive and less funny.
Justin, I take your point, and I feel the pain. But if the titles were duddy and descriptive, who would want to read them the first time?
You define masculinity as the glad-hearted acceptance of sacrificial responsibility. What do you think are the chief rewards for taking responsibility?
Wil, the rest of that formula, as I teach it this. Authority flows to those who take responsibility. Authority flees those who seek to evade it. So I believe that sacrificial responsibility, true masculinity, is the foundation of biblical authority.
I enjoyed your post “A Few Words On Behalf of Karen Pence,” as I do most of your spade-calling. So this is perhaps off point, but here goes: Why did you choose the Lot in Sodom episode as a counterpoint to the sex scandal nonsense? Lot didn’t send out his guests to be raped, but he did offer his (presumably teenage) virgin daughters to be raped, and nothing in the text suggests that he wouldn’t have done it had the angels not taken over. I’m aware of commentaries that say that this story was as much or more about the sin against hospitality as it was about the sexual sins of homosexuality or rape. So I get it that there are lessons in the story, e.g., that not everything the Bible recounts, it necessarily approves. So I shouldn’t read your reference to “righteous Lot” as meaning that offering his daughters was righteous… right? (Especially as you aimed the piece at progressives, who will immediately lose all ability for rational thought once they see the calculus of “Obama/Roe/Obergefell = bad, Lot-who-was-OK-with-his-daughters-being-raped = good.”)
Marie, thanks. And you are right to point out that I would condemn Lot’s treatment of his daughters. But the apostle Peter calls Lot righteous, and so I thought I should too. My point was simply that to the mob outside, it was a scandal to them that Lot was not being fully cooperative with their sexual agenda.
In “The 9 Pitfalls of Homeschooling” you had said: “And I would also ask everyone to hold their fire until I can assemble the comparable list for traditional classroom instruction.” I was wondering if there are other blog posts in the works to address the comparable list.
Whitney, thanks for the nudge. And I believe that somebody else nudged me on this earlier, and I was equally apologetic, and equally unproductive. I will try to get to it.
To Amy, who pointed out that The Lower Lights were Mormon—that’s unfortunate (I’m the guy who recommended them). I researched them a bit when I first found them because they were from Salt Lake, but didn’t find enough evidence either way. For what it’s worth, I over-analyze lyrics to Christian music, and I didn’t catch any twisting of words on the songs they covered (I think I would have). Whatever category that leaves them in . . .
Joseph, thank you for following up on that.
The Trump Conundrum
PDW writes: “Now as I have written here before, I did not vote for Trump, in part, because character really matters. If Trump broke his word on so many occasions in the past, which he had, I had no reason to believe that he wouldn’t break his word to us if elected president. So I simply didn’t believe him, and I didn’t think the evangelicals who supported him should have believed him either. I thought they were going to be abandoned (yet again), but thus far I have been shown to have been wrong.” I write to confirm that you were correct in thinking that Trump would break his word. Indeed he has. He promised to eliminate “Gun Free Zones” on “Day ONE” (https://tinyurl.com/yaut2uyr) Still not even close to that goal. He has declared himself a champion of the 2nd Amendment/RKBA—Right to Keep and Bear Arms. (https://tinyurl.com/yd7swdo2) Yet he has repeatedly added to the penalties and regulatory paradigm that God-fearing 2nd Amendment advocates despise. (https://tinyurl.com/yatcvxd2) Currently the clock is ticking on a bump stock ban that may transmogrify to include all semi-automatic firearms in the future. (https://tinyurl.com/y8mvhwor) In many ways, on RKBA issues, Trump has done more damage to RKBA in 2 years than Obama did in 8. Gun owners, who admittedly voted against HRC as much they voted for Trump, have had their trust betrayed in the same way minority groups have had their lives/rights degraded voting for democrats over the generations. On the larger point of Pence accepting a VP nomination from a man devoid of moral character, how can anyone judge that decision? The hypocrisy of attempting moral judgement in this instance is laughable. A reasonable case can be made for the sincere conscience either way: A) Yes, provided Pence is not expected to defend a Lewinsky-type scenario, past present or future, who would anyone rather have as VP? A cross-dresser? Perhaps a Biden type who can’t keep his hands off any female (https://tinyurl.com/y93sxpwx)? B) Yeah, I won’t tacitly approve of this dude, he’s going to betray the People—based on his track record.
(and, it should be noted, a different Ron than the signatory on the next letter)
Ron, I agree with you that he is the same man. And I also agree that the instances you cite are examples of him not keeping his word. But—for whatever inscrutable reason—he has been consistently good on judges, who will be a very practical bulwark for us when he is gone. And secondly, in the space where I live (education and higher education), I can tell you that if Hillary had won, it would largely be game over for us. As it is, Trump has given us incalculable gifts.
For some evangelicals (including moi), a vote for Trump was very specifically a vote to prevent what I consider occupation of the White House by two incredibly scandalous and corrupt people. I had no grand illusions of Trump, and could only pray that as distasteful as he is, he would limit a further lurch of our nation to the left. Had I another viable option I would have taken it in a second. As it stands today, he’s performed better than I expected. Have I compromised my Christian beliefs? You tell me.
Ron, you have a point. And the upcoming debate among evangelicals about the next presidential campaign is going to be a hullabaloo.
More on Psalms
Could you revive this link? I remember hearing this song when you posted it a few years back and it’s been in my head recently. Would really like to hear it again and play it for my kids. God Bless,
Aaron, you should be able to locate it here.