29.10.14

'Will We Ever Get Beyond Race?'

Black Crime Rates are Responsible for Interracial Distrust

Above is the title of a Christianity Today article written after the Trayvon Martin shooting by a man named Peter Chin.

The answer to Chin's question is an obvious NO.

Why?

Because race is a biological reality created by God.

Why would God create races (ethnos) if he wanted humanity to ignore them? If God wanted to design one race of people who were genetically and culturally homogenous he was perfectly capable of it. Capable but unwilling.

The author of the article claims to be a 'post-racial' individual:
'I first heard the phrase ['post-racial'] in January 2009, during the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I remember watching the event with deep pride and rising hope. Commentators noted that the moment marked our transition to becoming a post-racial nation, where race no longer played the divisive role it has throughout our history. We were finally beyond the whole race thing, they said. ...I brimmed with excitement...'
While the unity of mankind through Christ is certainly an exciting reality, the celebration of the end of racial divisions is not a biblical celebration.

God created families to be divided from one another. A man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife (Genesis 2.24). These families evolved into ethnic groups and races as explained in Genesis 10. God was so intent on dividing mankind after the flood he scattered their languages so they could not communicate with each other.

When man tried to unite into one body of people at the Tower of Babel God intentionally divided them.

The desire to create one unified multicultural humanity is a rebellious vision against God.

This truth, however, means nothing to Mr. Chin who decides to blame ethnic division on people's primitive fear of the 'other:'
'Fear of the unfamiliar is the deepest root of prejudice in our country. Fear is not a complex human emotion—it's a primal one. It originates from the most buried and hidden portions of our brains, geographically the farthest from its more complex and nuanced regions.'
Like others influenced by cultural Marxism Chin derides any natural God given emotion which stands in the way of utopian egalitarianism.
 
Never mind, Chin says, the fact that God created fear of the 'other,' never mind that he created different racial groups, never mind that he scattered a mankind seeking to unify itself... all of this takes back seat to my vision of a new Tower of Babel built on the abstractions of equality and diversity.
 
Fear may be a 'primal' emotion, but God designed it, and he tells us it is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 110.10).
 
Throughout our lives fear protects us from danger. Fear of wrecking keeps us from driving 100 miles per hour. Fear of getting bitten keeps us from petting an alligator. Fear of dying keeps us from jumping off a ten story building. Fear of getting fired stops us from physically assaulting our irrational boss. Fear of starving keeps us from becoming slothful. Fear of getting mugged by ghetto thugs keeps us from traveling into the housing project at 3am.
 
Fear guides us through life. If fear is the only thing guiding us through life we might have a problem, but fear is a crucial aspect of our ability to survive on earth.
 
Why do humans fear those who are different from us?

Because we cannot properly calculate the intentions of those we are not familiar with.

For most people meeting a new person carries with it a certain level of anxiety. There is fear of saying the wrong thing or making the wrong impression. One's inability to understand the emotions and beliefs of a new person makes it difficult to say and do the right thing. Besides this, the person might be a serial killer. One just can't be sure until more information is available.

When encountering someone of another race and culture this effect is magnified exponentially because of a huge chasm in relateability. While one can count on fairly easily relating to someone of the same culture, there is no guarantee this is true of someone from different culture.

In addition to this, cross-cultural interactions are even more stressful because we are often unable to  accurately perceive the other person's acceptance or rejection.

In one culture it might be polite to smile at something one doesn't agree with while in the other culture a smile is viewed as affirmation.

Fear between the races in America is magnified because Blacks have exponentially higher crime rates than Whites (700% more likely to commit murder). Whites know that interacting with a Black is more dangerous. So why not reduce risk by avoiding it whenever possible?

Peter Chin, himself, admits he fears Blacks, but he repudiates himself for that fear. Ironically, he then explains that his fears are entirely rational:
'When I planted a church in Washington, D.C., I assumed that my liberal arts education and love for Christ had eradicated my prejudices. I was immune to the irrational and ignoble fear that drives narrow-mindedness. But in the four years that we have lived in D.C., our house has been burglarized twice. Our car has been broken into so many times that we no longer lock the doors, because there is nothing of value left to steal. The alley behind my house serves as a dumping ground for stolen and stripped cars, doused in gasoline and set on fire. Last month, a young man lost his life in a drive-by shooting half a block away. My children pass the spot weekly on their way to the library.'
Mr. Chin's personal experiences in a Black community presents a good deal of evidence that members of the Black race are dangerous. But while Chin admits the reality upon which his fears are based, he argues that these fears must be eliminated.

Chin would have us believe that God wants us to ignore the rational mind he gave us so that we can pursue diversity:
'I feared that, being the only Korean family living in an African American neighborhood, we were being singled out for crime. I was afraid of anyone who differed from me physically, culturally, and chronologically. I knew I shouldn't be, that such fear was irrational and unbiblical, but I could not help it. Despite my degrees and desires...I was afraid.'
Despite his fears being entirely confirmed, Chin is determined to live in a fantasy. In other words, God is only satisfied with Christians if they refuse to see reality.

What Chin and other multicultural Christians fail to realize is that by encouraging racial integration they are putting the lives of their children, family, and friends at risk. They are irrationally acting as bad stewards of the lives and resources God gave them.

Thankfully, most Christians are not as foolish as Mr. Chin. Most Christians realize (even if only subconsciously) that racial integration is a bad thing, and that ghetto Black people are stereotyped as dangerous for good reason.

Chin, and his cultural Marxist Christian allies are intent on subverting God's plan for racial division in order to erect their new Tower of Babel. Christians should reject this aim at all cost.