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Collectivism and Truth

I hardly know where to begin this post, so please forgive me if it seems a little scattered or it offends.  It is not intended to do either.  Instead it is intended to shine a light into a place that has become quite dark.  In one day this past week, there were news stories on the following items:  (1) the events surrounding Rachel Dolezal’s resignation, the former leader of Spokane’s NAACP office, (2) the St. Louis Cardinal’s alleged hacking into the Houston Astro’s database, (3) the apparent lack of honesty in Hillary Clinton’s turning over emails from the period while she was Secretary of State, (4) the Baltimore DA’s apparent conflict in the case she is about to try, and (5) the shooting at the church in Charleston.  I believe there is a common thread throughout these stories, and I’ll focus on just two of them to hopefully make the point. 

The first story is the case of Rachel Dolezal.  Her story has been called bizarre by some of the media.  She is the ex-NAACP official from Spokane who resigned after it was discovered that her claims to be black were false.  Let’s look at some of the claims she made about herself from the interviews she gave.  Her statements include the following.  ‘I am definitely not white.’  ‘I identify as black.’  ‘I am more black than white.’  She didn’t correct the local news reports that identified her first as trans-racial, later as bi-racial, and finally as black; because her identity ‘is more complex than being true or false’ – even though she also stated there was nothing to correct.  However, she not only allowed the press to state she was black, she has also identified herself as black multiple times.  These included her application for the Spokane city commission.  She identified a black friend, Albert Wilkerson, as her father as ‘Not every man can be a dad.’  She also asked her biological parents not to visit her in Spokane. 

When it came to her childhood, she stated, ‘I was socially conditioned to not own that (being black), and to be limited to whatever biological identity was thrust upon me and narrated to me.’  Her childhood claims have been refuted by her parents, who are both caucasian. By birth and genetics, she is white.  That is her being.  She’s admitted that she didn’t identify herself as black at 16.  She sued Howard University as a white person claiming discrimination when she was 24 years old. 

She’s gone further in stating that the whole discussion ‘is really about what it means to be human.’  So let’s examine that question.  What is being human?  It is sharing the same common nature that we were given by our Creator.  A nature that allows human beings alone to reason.  This gift is both His image within us and necessary for us in fulfilling our purpose of coming to know Him, and becoming good like Him.  Fulfilling our purpose is a choice as we’ve each also been given the gift of free will.  None of this has anything to do with race.  Instead, what Ms. Dolezal expresses is a form of racism.  Racism is defined as ‘an excessive or irrational belief in or advocacy of the superiority of a given group, people, or nation.’  Bringing race into the discussion of being human is itself racist as race doesn’t matter – only our nature the choices we make matter.

Instead, she is a case study in how collectivists approach a problem.  If the facts don’t fit the narrative, in this case being black, then you change – and keep on changing – the definitions, terms, and words until you find a narrative that will fit the position you wish to advocate.  Eventually, you usually find at least one person who becomes convinced – yourself – as you get to the point where you deceive yourself and become lost.  Let me put it another way.  One is certainly free to choose what they believe.  However, one’s being simply is.  We are each created with a certain existence, and each gifted with different skills, abilities, and talents.  To deny one’s being is to deny knowing oneself.  Can one know their Creator if they do not come to know themselves, or know His image that was given to each and every one of us?

The second story is the shooting in Charleston.  Dylann Roof is a racist who went into a church and after being there for over an hour shot and killed nine innocent people.  It is a brutal and heinous crime.  The citizens of Charleston have acted admirably.  They have come together as a community to support each other.  They have marched peacefully in unity to support each other.  There has been no reported violence, in fact quite the opposite has occurred.

The collectivist reaction has been predictable, as well as wrong.  First that we are a racist nation; that events like these do not occur in other countries.  Really?  This is an isolated incident, and these incidents do occur elsewhere.  I guess they’ve conveniently forgotten the massacre in Norway a few years ago, and the more recent killings in Britain and France.  And today we’ve had coordinated attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France that have killed many.  What is missing from the conversation is the fact that those who died in these attacks were mainly Christian. 

Second, is the need for more control laws.  What is overlooked is that criminals do not obey the law to start with, only civil minded citizens do.  The shooter was given the gun as a gift on his 21st birthday, despite that gift being illegal as he was a felon at the time.  A better question would be to ask why a felon was illegally given a gun.  Whenever the government implements controls, you lose some of your freedom – your ability to make some of your choices which lessens the opportunity for you to fulfill your purpose. 

Finally, we have the comments of our President who believes that racism is a part of our DNA, a part of who we are.  We are not perfect by any means, but the whole experiment of what it means to be America is the attempt to be better tomorrow than what we are today – that is a philosophy that is derived from our Judeo-Christian beliefs.  Can anyone doubt that we’ve come a long way since the end of the Civil War?  In fact, shortly after the Civil War ended we actually implemented significant broad sweeping changes, many of which were later undone by people such as President Wilson.  Government can at most only set the tone for a society.  So what kind of tone has this President set? 

He has an agenda that includes the Affordable Care Act, which punishes the holding of certain Christian tenets, tenets that are embedded within our Declaration of Independence.  We have the threatening of churches with the loss of their tax exempt status if they say anything which is viewed as being politically incorrect, with local political leaders in some cases pressing clergy for copies of their sermons.  I guess it has been forgotten that the ‘Black Robe Regiment’ was viewed by the British government while we were still yet their colonies as being the primary source of insurrection leading to the War for Independence.  It seems like our present government has become very much like the one the colonies decided to leave over two hundred years ago. 

Our President also claims to be a defender and proponent of religious liberty, both here and abroad.  Maybe we should ask the Christians in the Middle East and Africa about how much assistance they are receiving from us today.  Why are they emigrating to Europe in massive numbers?  Maybe we should look at all of the lawsuits that have been filed against different sections of the Affordable Care Act because they infringe on our ability to act according to God’s law.

Our Creator is Good, and good and truth unite a people, evil divides them.  Strong rods unite a people and lead them to prosperity, weak ones create political degeneration into factions and the illusory struggle for power over one another.  Ask the people of Charleston which is right, or ask the families of those who lost their lives today in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France.  By their fruits you shall know them.  So what do we see today?  From the actions of our leader, from our courts, and from our legislatures?  Are they uniting us in truth or dividing us in evil?  Are they strong rods leading us into unity, or weak ones dividing us against each other?

Where human law conflicts with Divine Law, we are called to obey His law.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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Dan WolfMy goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.