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 feel 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.

7 thoughts on “Fight Oppression Like Jesus

  1. Lorinda,
    I don’t know where you are getting the idea that the civil rights movement is a secular movement when it was born within the Black Church, the AME. MLK was a reverend, Jesse Jackson is a Reverend, and so are many many of the leaders of the movement. The movement its self is based upon the concept of the Beloved Community. Plus , the Quakers, the Episcopalians, and huge numbers of Catholics, Have been supportive of the various efforts to stop systematic oppression. It is really offensive to progressive Christians that erased from the discourse. Because actually they are larger in number far right so called Christians.

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  2. I never said that the civil rights movement was secular. I’m well aware that it started among the black churches. I know who MLK and Jesse Jackson are. I know that people from many walks of life were involved in the civil rights movement.

    The reason I reblogging this article was to point out that Jesus offers the best answer to the oppressed. He offers everyone the gift of salvation and eternal life to anyone who will trust him to be their savior and Lord. In the eyes of God, we are all sinners. There are no “oppressors” or “oppressed” battling for superiority.

    Salvation in Christ stands in stark contrast to Critical Race Theory (CRT). There is no forgiveness or hope for those of European descent according to that worldview. They must “check their privilege” for the rest of their lives. Throughout time, they must hate themselves to pay penance for the sins of the European culture. Living that way leads to despair and hopelessness.

    On the other hand, those who have accepted Jesus’ offer of forgiveness are reconcilled to God and others. There is neither Jew nor Greek, nor slave or free (Galatians 3:28 and 1 Corinthians 12:13), or white or black or brown. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live as one body with many parts (See 1 Corinthians 12).

    Jesus’ forgiveness leads to hope and harmony. In numerous places, the New Testament stresses the importance of unity, particularly in the book of Romans. Paul points out that the Jews and Greeks were to be one people, one family in God.
    CRT leads to despair and fighting factions. The idea that the more intersections a person has gives him more moral authority is a lie. That is why Jesus’ way to care for the oppressed is superior to all others. Why would I, or you, want to live a life of shame for being white? Instead, let’s embrace the Truth, Jesus, and live in grace and mercy.

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