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More Reasons You Don’t Want CRT Taught – The American Vision

Elle Reeve’s “special report” for CNN was a doozy of misinformation. One would think that a person who works at a high level for a world news network would know what she’s talking about. I suspect that many teachers teaching the CRT curriculum are equally ignorant.
Reeve’s was asked this question by CNN’s Brianna Keilar: “Do these vocal opponents of critical race theory actually understand fully what it is?” Here is Reeve’s response:
— Read on americanvision.org/posts/more-reasons-you-don-t-want-crt-taught/

An article by Gary DeMar

Posted in Beliefs, biblical justice, critique, Law, politics, Racism, Worldview Analysis

Holding Present Generations Accountable for Past Generations Sins: Is Reparations a Biblical Concept?

Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die…The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself; and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself” (Ezek 18.4, 20).

This principle statement offered by the prophet Ezekiel to Israel at a time when the southern kingdom of Judah was falling to the Babylonians is demonstrating that we are all responsible for our own sins. God does not hold us accountable for another’s sins, but we are judged rightly on the sins that we commit. The prophet took this from an earlier statute given by God to Moses to the children of Israel (physical offspring of Jacob):

“Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sins” (Deut 24.16). To ignore this principle is to pervert justice (cf. Deut 16.19; 27.19). In case the language is not plain enough, to attempt to hold someone accountable for what another person has done is unjust, unrighteous, and not a reflection of God’s heart.

Of course, I imagine some might throw up the argument that Paul says we are all judged for Adam’s sin (cf. Rom 5.18-19)1, but that is an incorrect interpretation of that passage. The sense in which Paul is speaking in Romans is merely to point out that through Adam’s sin all his offspring (as a consequence) were made sinners (Rom 5.19). That is to say, Adam’s children are now identified as sinners, and as a result we all sin (cf. Rom 5.12-13). Again, in case you miss it, we are born sinners therefore we sin—NOT—we all sin and are then labeled sinners; for that inverts the argument of Paul opposite than the way he intends.

The point in the Ezekiel and Deuteronomy passages is that according to God’s way of thinking, we are all judged equitably for our own actions. We cannot point the finger over here and say “they made me do it!” Nor, can we say to this individual or that group, “you are accountable for what was done previously and you must pay the penalty;” even though, you did not participate and were not even there when those sins took place.

In short, no one alive today is responsible and therefore accountable for the sins of slavery in American history. What our forefathers did in the past was wrong and deserving of death (cf. Exod 21.16; Deut 24.7; 1Tim 1.10), but it is a great leap of logic to try and pin their sin on anyone living today.

I bring this up in regards to the subject of reparations. The concept of reparations states that whites should pay for the sins of their forbearers who had black slaves, regardless of the fact that whites today did not in fact participate in the sins of the past, with monetary benefits. In other words, we should be able to tax white people for sins previously committed against black people.

Rather, than argue the case myself, I thought it better for another—who articulates it much better than I could—to demonstrate why this is biblically wrong and sinful and not an appropriate way for brothers and sisters in Christ to treat one another.

Gary DeMar is an apologist and accomplished author and former president of American Vision, a Christian worldview ministry located in Atlanta, GA. And while some may disagree with his eschatological viewpoints2, this should not keep you from listening to what he says politically from a biblical worldview. Please read the article posted below, let feel free to let me know what you think.

https://garydemar.com/should-todays-white-people-pay-reparations-to-black-people/

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ENDNOTES:

1 I should point out that what we see with Adam and the comparison that Paul makes with Jesus (the last Adam) is in terms of covenantal heads. Adam is the representative of the whole human race. God established him in the sense of a covenantal head. According to the stipulations of covenantal arrangements there is an order of hierarchy that must be recognized. The transcendent/eternal God as the governing authority, the created image bearer as the representative of God, the Ethical boundaries established by Creator, the positive/negative sanctions (blessings/cursings) in response to obedience/disobedience, the inherited state of those in covenant with God.

Adam disregarded the first three in the garden. He refused to acknowledge God’s authority over his thoughts and actions. He refused to image and represent God when the serpent and his wife spoke against his Creator. He refused to obey the ethical boundary (law) that his Creator had established. Therefore, rather than being blessed he was cursed, and his continual inheritance on earth for he and his children were no longer identified as children of God, but children of wrath—i.e. sinners.

Jesus as the covenantal head of a new people did what the first Adam did not and therefore purchased for his offspring (those in Him) an inheritance of blessing and eternal life. Only those in Christ experience that positive sanctions of God and a continual inheritance with Him throughout eternity.

2 Gary, like me, is a Post-Millennialist. Eschatology has never been in the history of Christianity been a litmus test for orthodoxy. The arguments from historic Pre-Mill, A-Mill, and even Dispensational Pre-Mill are argued over various understandings of certain biblical texts; Unlike the arguments over Creation, which often smuggle in philosophical viewpoints outside of Scripture—i.e. evolution, big-bang cosmology, etc. Those eschatological disagreements may be the source of fruitful growth and dialogue, as all of God’s children should be doing their best to see what the Scriptures actually teach (cf. Acts 17.11-12). They should never be the source of broken fellowships between the family of God.

Posted in Christian Living, Christian Witness, Racism, Worldview Analysis

Equal Opportunities: What does “All men are created equal” really mean in this World

All men are created equal…

That’s what the Declaration of Independence says, but what does it mean? We often hear of equal rights for all people today, equal rights for: women, children, people of color, etc. Equal in what way? To make things fair competition is eliminated. Here are various examples. The reader is encouraged to do their own research if they are interested in “fact checking” the following situations.

Employment: When you apply for a job a company is ordered to consider all applicants “fairly,” because of an enforced governmental standard equal opportunity employment. The result? Companies due to fear of looking biased, will often go with a minority over and above other individuals regardless of qualifications.

College/University: When enrollment gets a little tight at certain institutions of higher education those who are considered less privileged are chosen over others. Even if the person rejected has a higher G.P.A. and better SAT or ACT scores. Other factors not related to education are what’s chosen.

Athletics: Sports have likewise sought to even the playing field. This has happened in a variety of ways. For example, the elimination of keeping score in order to determine a winner in little league or children’s soccer games is a telltale sign of enforcing equality on all by eliminating competition. Or suppose a girl wants to play a boy sport, in the name of equality, the boy’s team is pressured into accepting a girl as a teammate. This same tomfoolery is demonstrated when a transgender boy wants to compete in a girls event, and the dominates.

Some believe such movements reveal the progressive, more civilized, nature of modern thought. Those who disagree (and some do rather strongly) are quickly shouted down or ignored in the arena of ideas. Or worse they are falsely labeled and maligned in the public eye.

The conviction of our nation’s founders was that all people are created equal in the eyes of their Creator. Men and women, black and white (or whatever shade you might be) are all equal in terms of the created order. Our equality stems not from what we do, but from what we are as image bearers:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”[1] Notice the qualifications that were noted by our forefathers, which reveal some of the necessary elements of being created equal.[2]

First, people are granted Life by their Creator and in this fashion we all share equality. We have nothing to brag about, as our birthing into this world is ultimately tied to God’s creative act. Second, people are essentially free in so far as they have been granted in this life. This point needs further explanation, and so will be discussed in more detail below. The third and final point is related to the “pursuit of Happiness.” We are equal in the ability to pursue happiness, but that is not the same thing as we all are granted happiness.

Life is difficult and often times seemingly unfair. Though all life is a gift, the circumstances that we are born into are not always the same as others around us. Depending on where we find ourselves in history (i.e. time/status), as well as location (i.e. culture/society), has a lot to do with the type of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness we may have access to.

All though we are born on equal footing as image bearers, we do not all share the same abilities, talents, wealth, status, good looks, strength, weaknesses, etc. The point being is that our equality as human beings stems from God as our Creator, not our various stations in life. Some people are more privileged than others. We may not like that fact of life, and we may begrudge it, but hate it as we may, very little may be done about it.

Take for example intellectual giants like Albert Einstein. He (and there are others like him) are provided greater advantages than those of lesser intellects. Or say for instance an individual like Michael Jordan who as a child was not the greatest basketball player, but through hard work and perseverance honed his God-given talent to be one of the NBA’s greatest players. Is it fair that Einstein or Jordan was granted such abilities? Is it right that other children across this nation do not have the same advantages/privileges that men like these did? Many children have similar aspirations, but lack the necessary gifts to be a brilliant scientist or All-Star NBA player. Let’s face the facts; some of us are not even good enough to be bench warmers in either field

Go down through the list and look at the people that you look up to who have great wealth, looks, and talents, and realize that you will probably never attain to the station that they have in life. Your right to pursue such things, does not equate ascending to the level that many human heroes have obtained.

Now consider something, is that fair? Is that right? Are you willing to live with what you have been given and accept the limitations that have been placed on you? The Bible tells us that human beings are created equal—male and female; and yet, there are vast distinctions between the sexes that will never be overcome.

By nature men are physically stronger than women. Take the strongest man in the world and pit him against the strongest woman in the world, and you know what you will find? The man will be noticeably stronger than the woman.

Women tend to be more emotionally connected and nurturing when it comes to raising children. Take the most emotionally connected and nurturing father in the world and pit him against the best that womankind has to offer and you know what you will find? The woman will be noticeably more emotionally connected and nurturing than the father.

Think on this for a moment, in either scenario does this make the man or woman better than the other? No. All it reveals is that men and women are different. They have been equipped to handle different roles in life; and yet, they share equality before God.

There are things that women will always do better than men, just as there will always be things that men do better than women. In the same way, some people can act others cannot; some people are great speakers others are not; some people acquire much wealth others do not. Equality is not something that people can engender or government can force by putting it into law.

Unfortunately, we find this cultural attitude infecting the Christian community. People both inside and outside the church, want to flail around and complain about one individual or one particular group of people as having some preconceived privilege over another. However, what they need to do is stop it!

In the Southern Baptist Convention there is an ongoing debate about women being preachers. The fact of the matter is that Christ is Lord of the Church. Neither He nor His apostles after Him authorized women to have such positions of authority within the Church (see 1Tim 2.12-14).[3] The argument is levied against those that uphold what the Scriptures teach as being backwards or chauvinistic—claiming an equalitarian approach is what is needed. But God determines who can and will be ministers in His assembly. The Lord does this not only with drawing a dividing line between men and women, but also between men who are qualified and those who are not (cf. 1Tim 3.1-7; Tit 1.5-9).

There is a similar argument stirring in the Church here in America about the issue of people of color. The belief is that there should be more black men in the pulpits, and there are far too many white church’s with white elders. Okay, what’s the overall population percentage of white versus black? Something like, 60 to 20 with the majority being white. Which is the correct way to handle this scenario? Are we to follow the governmental standard of “equal opportunity employment,” where minorities are sometimes chosen not because of superior qualifications, but cultural/societal peer pressure?

Again, we must ask, “Who is Lord of the Church?” Well you say, “Jesus wasn’t no white man!” True enough, but he wasn’t black either. Jesus was a Hebrew, but He died for people of all ethnicities. In fact, He died to erase the foolish distinctions that we human beings so love to hold! If there are qualified black men (qualified by God’s standard, not man’s) that desire to pursue the position of elder (overseer) in a local church, and then after having those qualifications verified by their perspective congregation and whatever ordained body they are required to go through (depends upon the denomination), then he should pastor the said church. It should not matter if the church is predominately white or black or Asian or Hispanic.

However, the same standard should be applied across the board. Meaning if there is a black church where a white man desires to obtain this ministerial position, and he too meets all the qualifications biblically speaking, then the color of his skin should not determine his eligibility to serve. Again, this applies regardless of the ethnic heritage the individual may possess. All that true matters is whether or not his heritage is found in Christ Jesus.

Equality does not mean making every one a member of the collective whole, where a person is not distinguished by the specific way in which their Creator has gracious gifted them. In this sense, people are not all equal. We are all different, and we are so because God has determined it to be this way. The world hates this truth and therefore seeks to rebel against it. Evidences of this rebellion are all around us, and they are found in the most insignificant ways. There are many others, but time constrains me from speaking further on this issue.

ENDNOTES:

[1] Declaration of Independence, https://www.constitution.org/us_doi.pdf. Emphasis added.

[2] It should be noted that this was not always clearly developed in their lives. Unfortunately, these men were likewise affected by their cultural climate,  and made similar errors that we too are prone to make.

[3] Notice that Paul’s argument is founded upon creation and the role (responsibility) that God gave the man versus the woman. They are both equal, but have different roles to fill. Adam had been given the responsibility to be the guardian of God’s Word, even though he failed. Christ, the last Adam, redeems the true station of which men were to fill. This, however, does not say that women have no place teaching in other roles. Women are apt teachers when it comes to other women and children (e.g. Tit 2.3-4; 1Tim 5.14; Prov 14.1; 31.27-29). There is even an example when a woman (along with her husband) helped correct a very talented preacher of the gospel in New Testament times (see Act 18.24-26).

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White Man’s Sin: Racism? Responding to the Current War Heating up in the Church

While many of my Christian brethren love to propagate their freedom of choice, an honest evaluation of our lives reveals that for all of our talk of freedom there are many things that we did not choose for ourselves.

We didn’t choose our birth, or the timing of our entry into this world, nor did we have a say in the location. Neither did we have the ability to chose our ethnic heritage. And if I wanted to rub some further salt in the wound, we didn’t have (nor do we now) a choice in our gender. Our coming into the world, as momentous of an event it may or may not have been, was not something that we sat down and decided beforehand.

True, our parents may have decided to “make a baby,” but even in that choice many necessary limitations were put on the will of the man and woman who wanted to bring a child into the world. On the other hand, God did make all of those choices for us. He didn’t ask our opinion, but rather He did what He deemed right.

By the way, that is always how God acts in history (it is His-story to begin with!). The Lord Almighty created mankind in His image, male and female He created us (Gen 1.26-28). God has chosen our time, our place, our talents, our gender, our skin color, our wealth and the length of our lives.

  • And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place (Acts 17.26).
  • “Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass…” (Job 14.5).

God in His Sovereign providence has decreed and purposed all things perfectly according to His good will: “By your appointment [O Lord] they stand this day, for all things are your servants” (Psa 119.91; cf. Psa 148.5-6; Eph 1.11). God has a justifiable reason for everything under the sun, everything in the spiritual realm; although, we must readily admit our ignorance on many matters. For what God has not deemed worthy to reveal are His by divine right; and yet, what He has given to us is for our benefit (Deut 29.29).

I say all of this to point out one glaring truth: God has brought about all these things, including my heritage as a man. Everything that I possess is a gift from God. You with me so far? Of course, this is the easy stuff. But that is not why I am writing this post.

There is no question that we live in a nation that has a mountain of sins in its history. One of those sins is the mistreatment of others because of their skin color (or other facial features that are more readily seen). Slavery and segregation were horrible atrocities. Ethnic bigotry, which is often coined by its more popular term “racism” is downright evil. But is this evil, what we would rightly call sin, a white man’s disease? Is racism the “white man’s sin?” The answer is pretty obvious, but nonetheless its very unpopular and will be vehemently denied by many in Western society; sadly, even those in the Christian Church.

NO! Racism is not the white man’s sin, but is a sin that all people of various shades of color may be guilty of.

Notice that I did not say “all people” are guilty of this hatefulness, because the truth of the matter is that not all people of various shades of color are guilty. There are black people who are racists, just like there are white people who are racists; there are yellow people who are racists, just like there are red people who are racists. Skin color is not the determining factor of whether or not a person may be a racist. Loving to hate people because they are different than you, is! As Charles Ware notes, “At the central core of racism we find the sinful heart of men living in a fallen world.”[1]

In recent years, I was at a family outing where the discussion of Christian faith was brought up. As the conversation shifted (as they have a tendency of doing) the individual made the comment about coming to the church where I pastor. After sharing their intention of coming, they then offered as a side: “As long as you don’t have a rope in the tree out back.” For a moment, I was kind of taken back. “Why, would this individual say this to me?” I’m not a racist, never have been. Some of my best friends over the years have been people of various shades of color.

Now what seemed forever in my analytical mind, was mere moments for those attending the conversation in question. My response was quick and to the point: “all human beings are descendants of Adam… (we’re of ‘one blood’) ….”[2] Truth be told, I did not tell this person the following quote, but the quote and the teaching of Ken Ham did help in forming my own views from a biblical standpoint. What I believed to be true as a child, was just attested by another many years later, and was offered as a summary to the individual I was speaking with.

Of course, the question remains, “What do we do about racism?” Do we sweep it under the rug? Do we bury our heads in the sand? Do we avoid the conversation so that we keep from being labeled divisive? No. All of those solutions are not solutions. They may seem like solutions if you are a pacifist, but they are not no matter how greedily you may want to cling to them.

Christians are called to be divisive since our nature is to be set apart by the truth (cf. John 8.31; 14.6; 17.17). Truth naturally divides from that which is false. Therefore, confrontation is necessary. Those who are guilty of the sin of ethnic bigotry (racism) need to repent. They need to confess to Christ what they have done, and if they have in anyway harmed another image bearer, they should quickly turn to that person seeking their forgiveness.

Christians ought to drive home the truth in word and action that the remedy for such hatred is not highlighting the differences, but pointing to the need of turning from sin to the atoning work of Jesus Christ, who alone can save and radically change such hatred. For in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in [Him]” (Gal 3.28). Jesus removes all such distinctions.

What Christians should not do, and sad to say many are jumping on this band wagon, is promote one group of people based on their ethnicity over and above another, because of the sins of the past. My great, great, great grandfather may have had black slaves (he didn’t by the way, at least not that I am aware of) in the past, but I am not that man. How can you hold me accountable for the sins of others? What authority do you or any other have to seek reparations from me, when I am not the guilty party? Plainly speaking the answer is this: You have no right to seek such things from me or lay accusations at my feet, nor do you have the right to hold a grudge as if I am the one who has sinned against you.

Now it may be true that God will, because of covenantal responsibilities, deal out what He deems appropriate for such sins of the past. But He has the authority and the Sovereign right to do so. He and He alone, not you, not anyone else or even another group of likeminded individuals have Christ sanctioned authority for such actions or beliefs.

Christians are called to peace. We are called to be people of the book (The Holy Bible) and to learn to not go beyond what is written so that we are not puffed up in our hearts against another (1Cor 4.6). How much better we would all be if we were not so anorexic when it comes to reading God’s Word, so that we might rightly apply it to every situation. Racism is not a white man’s sin, but the sinful person’s hatred that needs to be nailed to the cross in order to put it through the death throes.

ENDNOTES:

[1] A. Charles Ware, “A Bridge Too Far,” in Darwin’s Plantation: Evolution’s Racist Roots, Ken Ham, A. Charles Ware and Todd Hillard (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007), 38.

[2] Ken Ham, Carl Weiland and Don Batten, One Blood: The Biblical Answer to Racism (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, [1999], 2004), 167.