“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist,” Acts 17: 24-28
God Himself, Maker and Creator, of heaven and earth decided out times and place and everything about us all from one man. The Lord created Adam and from him, Eve, and thus the human race began. One origin of one race with great and marvelous diversity. And yet when they rebelled and sin entered in, everything changed and rather than perfect fellowship with God and with one another and with the environment, strife and mistrust and animosity enter in.
God made a plan of redemption which He is working out even today saving a people for Himself, but we also see that in this world today there is still strife and mistrust and arbitrary categorizing of people.
Intersectionality is a relatively new way of categorizing and lumping people into arbitrary groups (late 1980’s) and showing discrimination and disadvantage because they belong to such and such a group, not taking into account into a person’s individuality and differences, but simply collectivizing people and vilifying and victimizing based on group categories.
I am an individual and belong loosely to many different groups and backgrounds and have my own past and experiences and I am not to be defined by someone’s categories based on arbitrary groupings and distinctions.
Because I am white does not automatically mean I am privileged or not privileged. Because I am a woman does not automatically mean I abused and downtrodden or not.
Because I am from the South does not necessarily mean I am uneducated and bigoted.
Because I am short–well what does that mean???
I am a unique human being and so are you and so is everyone else.
Of course we are molded by family, environment, teachings, friends, personality, experiences but also by genes and heredity, and by God Himself
“I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works.” Psalm 139: 14
Each person is a unique and one of a kind being; our fingerprints represent that beautiful fact. And we are wonderfully made in the image and likeness of Almighty God, distorted by the fall when sin entered in, but nevertheless, an image bearer of God Himself.
And of course there are groups and categories such as various hues of skin color, and male or female, born in a particular area into a family of a particular economic group, born into a particular culture and nation, speaking a particular language and other diversities which I see as beautiful and wonderful.
Carl Marx, the author of Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto, based his theories on conflict and grouping people into basically two groups–the ruling class oppressors of the the bourgeoisie and the oppressed proletariat. No room for individuality and differing situations. And conflict was the only outcome. No give and take, no discussing differences and looking for equitable solutions, but only a radical change–destroying one and raising up the other and then what??
According to Marx there were the oppressed and the oppressors and you were either one or the other. One was bad, very very bad and needed to be eradicated and the other was a victim and needed to throw off the shackles of oppression by subduing and getting rid of the evil oppressors.
So what do we have — an oppressor group and a victim group. You are one or the other. And what do we have — greed, coveting, demeaning and demonizing whole groups of people, entitlement for some and dehumanizing for others.
Intersectionality seems to be an outgrowth of this philosophy and group collectives and no room for individuals and individual traits and thoughts and actions. You are part of the group and if it’s deemed bad like white privileged American women, then you are vilified. It doesn’t matter that you help and volunteer and reach our and sacrifice time, money, efforts–you are privileged and you are an oppressor and you are only doing your good for your own benefit and you need to be destroyed.
The destruction of the oppressor class and the rise of the oppressed is Carl Marx’s premise and if done peacefully or violently–it must come to pass.
And then of course we see the results–if we are open-minded and not blinded by prejudice and political correctness. Russia became the Soviet Union and in 1937-1938 obliterated 10 million Ukranians as undesirables, and imprisoned and killed how many millions of others as dissidents in the Siberian death camps; Communist China since its inception in 1949 has imprisoned and slaughtered untold millions of its own citizens for daring to think individually and criticize the collective–the government; Pot Pol the communist dictator of Cambodia is infamous for the killing fields, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and the slaughter and starvation of his own people and was forced to institute the Doi Moi reforms and revisions to alleviate the suffering and poverty of the Vietnamese people; the poverty of the Laotians, Cuba and the elitists and the poverty of the common people, and finally Kim Jong Un and the mass suffering of those under that communist regime, among many other instances.
Lumping people into arbitrary categories and saying all whites are bad, and all blacks are oppressed, and I’m not sure what is said about Asians–don’t lump them all together–they have various and sundry cultures and languages and in each nations there are various and sundry groups—–
AND all are made of individuals with differing looks and thoughts and beliefs and outlooks and experiences!!!
And what is sad for me as a Christian and knowing that God made each person an individual in a group with some similarities, yet with many diversities within each group, is that some professing Christians seem to be buying into this group categorization and lump people together and victimize and vilify people based on categories and not acknowledging individual differences.
And that is so distressing. Secular individual promote this thought and totally buy into it, but that professing Christians do and of course if you don’t, you are categorized and vilified as racist, bigoted, hater of all humanity and the scum of the earth who needs to be eradicated because somehow you are less than human. That is not right.
Long ago I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation with Picard and Riker. Picard was captured by the Borg and was told to assimilate or die–resistance is futile. That appears to be the choice today–assimilate, become politically correct or lose it all!!
The 1st Century Christians were told to give just a pinch of incense to the Emperor and all would be okay. Many chose no pinch but rather torture and death at the hands of Caesar. There is no compromise with evil.
We are individuals made by Almighty God and as a Christian redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, I must stand on His word and His definition of who humanity is and not buy into or compromise with those who would say otherwise.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, My word will never pass away.” Matthew 13: 31
“Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24: 15