Pro-humanity Christianity

Posted on May 2, 2013 by

I’ve been receiving more and more links to bizarre pro-western Christianity blogs and websites. I’m not really sure what to make of them, other than to note that they’re sort of missing the entire point of the religion.

Christianity isn’t inherently pro-western, or anti-western, or whatever. As Christians, we are in the world, but not of the world. (John 17) Our ethnic ties are real and valuable, just as our families and communities and friendships are. Good fences make good neighbors and it is a virtue to respect our ancestors. But, in the end, we’re all going to die and what happens after that should be our primary focus. Christianity allows for all of these things to be debated, and our faith should influence our decisions, but those debates aren’t what Christianity is about.

But I’ll let someone wiser (in this case, Novaseeker, who blogs at Veritas Lounge) put it best:

It seems to me that you are looking for a kind of “Judaism for Whites” — an ethnic-centered theism. That isn’t Christianity. Christianity is about the salvation of all who come to Christ, not just whites — and the central figure of Jesus Christ was himself not a European white, nor were any of the apostles upon whom the Church was founded — they were Palestinian Jews, quite distinct ethnically even at that time to both themselves and the Romans.

So, I wouldn’t say that Christianity is inherently leftist and egalitarian. Although all are equal in Christ, spiritually, this does not imply equality in physical or temporal terms — i.e., “the poor you will always have with you” — no economic egalitarian utopia there, and “women submit to your husbands”, and so on. However, Christianity has never been, and never will be, an ethno-centric religion. The Gospels themselves have Christ committing the apostles to go forth and baptize all nations — not just the European ones. And, of course, the early church underwent an ethno-centric controversy of its own with respect to how “Jewish” (or ethnocentric) the Church was to be — and Paul, and the non-ethno-centric party won, embracing the Gospel’s universalist commission.

So, no, not inherently leftist and egalitarian, but certainly universalist, as Christ is the savior of *all* — not only whites. Of course this is in spiritual terms, but that’s what the Church is. Trying to get it to play its “role” in some kind of ethnocentric European Whitopia is not going to work, because its mission isn’t to prop up one culture or ethny, but to save the world — all ethnies.

Now, that doesn’t mean all ethnies should be subsumed into one. Nor does it mean an ethny needs to consent to its own destruction. Far from it. The concept of “nations” distinct from each other is embedded in the very universalist commission of evangelization contained in the Gospels. But the apostles are called to baptize all nations. This means that the nations retain their distinctiveness — both from each other and from Judaism — but that all are one in Christ. Christianity is the unifier in spiritual terms, but not the destroyer of ethnies in the name of God — rather the glory of God is displayed in the discipleship of the ethnies to Christ –> but not just one ethny.

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