When approaching the issue of Civil Rights it is important to understand how people perceive the world around them. An individual’s world-view can be determined by an infinite number of variables that encapsulate their life. Race, sex, “orientation,” culture, and a litany of other factors contribute to how people are nurtured, how they experience life’s events, and how they interpret those events.
An individual’s feelings (subjective reality) are important to understand because it is those systems within them that so often define what is real and what isn’t. It is the basis of their reality, whether that reality is true or not. This is the basis of the insanity that has overrun our world. How can we address evil and respond to true actions of hatred, egregiousness, and despotic sin without having a consensus of what is absolutely true? It’s impossible. It is an attempt to remove the world of an issue that no one can define with certainty. This results in everyone having their own definition of truth and what must be fought for/against, and the antidote that brings healing is left in the dust of human reason.
It is the infamous mirage in the desert compelling us to drink, and we run to it with all our might only to find it isn’t there. We keep chasing the mirage everywhere it appears hoping to finally taste the cool drips of water that will hydrate us and keep us alive, but instead of reaching it we only chase a shadow until dehydration and thirst take its toll and bring us to our death. This is what happens when a culture governed by relativism and political correctionism attempt to root out evil. They are void of the standard of truth that defines good and evil and provides tactics defeat the aberrations in creation, therefore they continue to endlessly chase the mirage.
In this type of society (one which has run amuck) how can civil rights really be established and defended? How can we even begin to define what civil rights are? Is it possible for a culture without truth – a society governed by a defined set of morals, ethics, and values – to really provide protection for the rights of all? Without truth what we are left with is a society governed by and ethos that creates blind leaders who will only promote the rights of one over another, and usually for reasons that really benefit them in one way or another.
For example, how can someone who supports abortion really defend the civil rights of others and condescendingly lecture the country about its unfairness and its inherent and fundamental racism/white supremacy day after day after day? It seems to me that if someone doesn’t have the moral barometer to accurately measure abortion as lawless murder, and a genuine civil rights issue, then they do not have the capability to counsel or lecture anyone on matters of morality or right action in any capacity.
The USA has killed almost 60 MILLION (!) babies since Roe V. Wade – 60 MILLION! And yet, we are so repulsed by the Hitler’s, Stalin’s, and Mao’s of the world that only happened to kill their millions without the proper euphemisms, like, “My body, my choice.” Hitler killed the Jews, gays, communists, and everyone else he disliked with the active or passive approval of many in post WW1 Germany. Remember, Hitler was voted in and when common Germans smelled something was up (literally in some cases) most of them did nothing!
Is the USA, in regards to abortion, so much different? If there is a crime of an inconceivable vulgarity and of the most absolutely wicked degeneracy it is abortion. The fact that people will justify it and celebrate it is repulsive, and what is incredibly ironic is that the ideology that creates mobs in the streets desecrating memorials in the name of erasing the skeletons of our American past and eliminating racism or inequality is the same ideology that motivates women to wear their “Pussyhats” in celebration of a woman’s right to murder their unborn child – it’s completely insane! The hypocrisy that ravages our nation is one of the Big Lie’s that many are not willing to confront, and one that powerful people exploit to fuel the hatred and pugnaciousness stirring across the nation.
Slavery and the Jim Crow South were disgusting periods in American history with crimes that can only be given full retribution by GOD Himself, and yet, horrifyingly, it seems that in generations to come we, today, will be remembered as the same type of Neanderthals, whom have slaughtered our own children in the name of “Women’s Rights”.
In my opinion, there is nothing more racist than abortion, considering most abortions are performed on minorities. According to Right to Life of Michigan, 35.6% of all the US abortions are performed on black women alone. As of today, around 30% of all abortions committed since Roe v. Wade have been against black babies. Margaret Sanger’s (the hero of Planned Parenthood) questionable history regarding eugenics and racism, and the fact that most of PP’s facilities are housed in the center of urban communities, doesn’t brighten the day either. It all seems a bit fishy to me.
This isn’t to argue which is wrong is greater than the other. All injustice is sin and the “weak” in any scenario must be defended. However, what I hope to get across is our incredible hypocrisy as a nation and our complete inability to provide anyone justice without defining truth. A society deprived of the truth will only end in lawlessness and decadence. Romans 1 teaches us that when mankind refuses to acknowledge the truth, being God Himself, that God will eventually give them up to their desires for non-God (Rom.1:24), which results in a terrifying scenario where the humans given over will be completely enslaved to do the will of their sinful passions.
The only hope for the USA and the world, the only truth that must be preached and that will bring true freedom, is the Gospel. Our world isn’t a good world gone wrong in need of a philosophical steroid to boost us into the right direct, and we are not in need of preached moralism, prosperity, inclusiveness, or hyper-spirituality. What the world does need is Christ crucified, so that our “faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Cor.2:5).” It is the message of the cross and the Christ who hung from it who reconciles us to God and gives to us our true identity, freedom, and unity that will liberate us from the woes sin creates. This Gospel penetrates the hearts of men and gives life to those dead in sin so that they will be filled with joy and live lives of sacrificial love for God and others. Only Jesus Christ can bring reconciliation that will enable peace with God and peace with men (Eph. 2/3). He is the true path toward justice and equality. Thus, we must preach Him. We must live worthy of Him.
I think that many times we can look around us and become overwhelmed with the unbelievable amount of sin and noise that never seems to end, and wonder where God is in it all. We just can’t understand how God can be sovereign and allow all of this evil to happen, and the danger of becoming angry, discouraged, apathetic, jaded, and, maybe even, nihilistic becomes a legitimate possibility.
At those points we must remember, with hope and fear, that God will hold everyone accountable for what they have done, whether good or evil. No one will escape the judgment of God; there is nothing done in secret that will not be made known. God will, in the end, issue ultimate justice to all (Ecc. 12:14; Rom. 2:6,16; 2 Cor. 5:10). Evil will be dealt with. Even more so, we must remember that although this world holds many troubles, Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33) and through Him we also overcome (1 John 5:4).
In light of that, what I have come to realize is that we should not position ourselves into political segments and begin fighting the world and/or one another. We should not respond like most respond, as if our home were here in this world, because “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 3:20).” We should not, then, use rhetoric given to malice, anger, and slander. Neither should we respond with the politically correct band-aides that never address the root of the issue, which is rebellion against God (sin).
We are citizens of a different country (Phil. 3:20) and we should respond differently. We are foreigners here leading others to the Path that gives entrance to the heavenly city. Therefore, let us respond to violence, hatred, bitterness, resentment, unrepentance, and all others forms of wickedness with the Gospel. Let us preach the reconciliatory power of Christ, who bore our sin and calls us, and empower us, into fellowship with God and with one another (1 John 1:3, 7). Let us be peacemakers (James 3:17-18). This is something I have come to realize and more fully understand, and something I need constant reminding of.
It isn’t an easy, task but it’s what we’re called to. In all our speech and in our all actions we should Always Point To the Gospel.
“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!” ~Ephesians 4:17-20