It will forever be one of those moments etched in my memory. Sitting at a church leadership meeting and explaining to some of the elders from the generation before my own that their desire to treat people of other races equally was now deemed as bordering on racist. They thought I was joking.
They objected, thinking I was confused, and said, “No, we’re talking about being colorblind, seeing other people – .” I interrupted. “Seeing other people according to the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, just like Martin Luther King said. I get it. That’s not acceptable these days.”
There was stunned silence. They legitimately didn’t understand. I legitimately had no idea to help them. But I tried. “It’s now the wisdom of the age that when you don’t see someone’s color, you are ignoring their identity and denying their experience which is different than yours.” I explained to them that I learned that lesson the hard way when gently rebuking former lesbian-turned-Christian Jackie Hill Perry. After promoting her work for years, I offered one rebuke about her overemphasis on racial identity and she blocked me. These new racial rules are not to be trifled with.
I wish I could say that it’s going to get better, but it’s not. We are ungrounded as a civilization, morally untethered from anything concrete or foundational. Therefore our mores and ethics are condemned to the ever-changing whims of the spirit of the age. That means what is liberal and forward-thinking today will be discriminatory and bigoted tomorrow. There’s no keeping up.
So what do we do? Well we can at least try to keep a sense of humor, and lampoon the insanity. Behold:
The pushback against these guys is intense, but impotent. What they’re saying is true. The left is now actively pushing for segregation as a solution to racial problems. The woke are demanding people’s identity be reduced to the color of their skin, even offensively referring to non-Caucasians as “people of color.” It’s crazy.
But it’s what happens when the truth of God is removed. Politics will fill the void every time. For those of us who prefer the former to the latter, may we be faithful to continue witnessing to the timeless truth of one blood/one race, and feel free to chuckle at those who point accusatory fingers at our insensitivity as they unconsciously become living embodiments of that term themselves.