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Thoughts on Christians and race-identity issues

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Here’s the deal, short and straight to the point, in light of the events in Charlottesville: Christians should not be within ten miles of this race-identity stuff.

Something like “white nationalism” cannot be reconciled with the Gospel’s leap across racial and national barriers. I’ve always told students that you can be in favor of your country enforcing its borders, but that you should never be one of those folks yelling to keep the Mexicans out or something along those lines. It just doesn’t fit with what it means to be a Christian.

It’s the brotherhood and sisterhood of men and women under the fatherhood of God. Neither nations nor races are superior to that.

And for goodness’ sake, if you believe in the primordial pair of Adam and Eve, then you’ve got no basis for racism at all because of the one-blood nature of humanity. If you want to be a racial Darwinist or something like that, go ahead, but don’t pretend it reconciles nicely with the Christian faith.

We need some awareness of cultural dynamics. There is a cult in culture, and the national tribes typically want to have a religion to bind them together and affirm them in their greatness and superiority.

But Christianity isn’t that and can’t be that and still be faithful to Christ. He is not the leader of a race. He is the only true king of us all.

Image: Alt Right demonstrators in Charlottesville / Wikipedia / Public Domain

Not Tragically Colored

Not Tragically Colored

Despite a seemingly endless series of programs, discussions, and analyses—and the election of the first African-American president—the problem of race continues to bedevil American society. Could it be that our programs and discussions have failed to get at the root of the problem? Ismael Hernandez strikes at the root, even when that means plunging his axe deep into the hard soil of political correctness. A native of Puerto Rico, a former Communist, and a Catholic social worker, Hernandez brings an entirely unique perspective to questions of poverty, government welfare, liberation theology, and black culture. Drawing deeply on both his own experience and a wide array of intellectual sources, Hernandez presents his analysis with bracing honesty and stunning insight. A future free from the “reign of race-consciousness” is possible, Hernandez insists. In Not Tragically Colored, he shows the way.

Hunter Baker Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. is an associate professor of political science at Union University and an Affiliate Scholar in Religion & Politics at the Acton Institute. He is the author of The End of Secularism and Political Thought: A Student's Guide.