Fight Oppression Like Jesus

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Most human conflicts boil down to differing worldviews. A couple disagrees on how to clean the house or politicians clash on how to run a nation.

Currently, Americans have reached a crossroads over what worldview will dominate our culture: the Judeo-Christian worldview on which our country was founded, or a secular worldview, particularly the Critical Theory worldview, that pits various groups against each other.

Each side holds a contrary idea on how to meet the needs of the oppressed in society. So great is the contrast that they even define the word oppressed differently.

But a more fundamental question must be asked: Why do we care about the oppressed? When we see suffering, why do we fee the need to act to end it?

In his article, “Intersectionality, Christianity, and Why Reconciliation > Reversal,” Daniel McCoy explains why we in the West care about those who suffer.

I am convinced that the way of Jesus is the best possible news for oppressed people. However, you are going to be told that Christianity is actually a privileged religion which needs to have increasingly less cultural influence in order for oppressed people to emerge better off in society.

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Western society is witnessing a fateful collision between two rival tales of good VS evil. The first tale can be depicted using two lines: one line going up, the other line going down. This involves switching places—one emerging group taking the place of another group on its way down. We will call this A Tale of Reversal….

Reversal means switching places with your oppressors.

We see this tale of reversal in Marxist revolutions, where it’s not just the oppressed “proletariat” casting off the oppression of the ruling class (the “bourgeoise”). Instead, it’s a matter of switching places with the ruling class, so that one of the Revolution’s goals is—listen to the language—the dictatorship of the proletariat.

It was an Italian Marxist named Antonio Gramsci who was in an Italian prison contemplating how to make Revolution happen in places which were largely content with how things were. He came up with the concept of “cultural hegemony.” This was the idea that people in power stay in power, not just through bullets and bayonets—but through beliefs. Therefore, the beliefs have to be attacked in order to bring about the Revolution.

The Reversal Revolution

We are seeing this happen in America today, a battle between belief systems. The revolutionaries reject our traditional Judeo-Christian foundation and want to replace it with a Marxist one. This conflict first appeared in academia, the government, and the town square.

Unfortunately, it seems to have developed into a physical battle comparative to the Russia and Chinese Revolutions now that violent rioting fills the streets of several major cities across the country. The ideas of the Critical Theorists have placed many wedges into our society.

McCoy explains:

According to The Tale of Reversal, 21st century edition, there are numerous groups said to be perpetually oppressed, as well as numerous groups who keep the oppressed people down through failing to challenge their own unearned privilege. So it’s male VS female. It’s heterosexual VS lesbian and gay. It’s cisgender VS transgender. It’s monogamous VS bisexual and polyamorous. It’s rich VS poor. It’s European colonizers VS people from once-colonized lands such as India, Africa, and Central America.

Those who identify themselves as oppressed now dominate the culture with the law of political correctness. They seek to silence any who oppose them, ushering in the Cancel Culture. This is the reversal. The “oppressed” have become the “oppressors.”

The Alternative: Reconciliation

But Jesus offers a different way.

The cross offers us something so much better than reversal; it offers us reconciliation. First, reconciliation with God (that’s the vertical line), and, second, reconciliation with each other (the horizontal line).

According to The Tale of Reconciliation, people are not divided into good and bad, oppressors and oppressed. Rather, we are all made in God’s image. We are all corrupted by sin. We are all welcomed into God’s family through grace.

As we repentantly reconcile with God, we find ourselves being drawn together.

Do you realize that Jesus gives us the tools we need in order to bring healing into this time of national woundedness? Listen to the way of Jesus, according to Colossians 3:11-14.

“Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.”

Colossians 3:11

The church needs to courageously hold up the light of Christ as the world grows darker by the day.

Please read the complete article to gain more insight into what is really going on in our culture.

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