Have you ever felt guilty for being a Christian? As a Christian American you are given rights and privileges that others in our great land are denied. At least that is the opinion of one well known and historical university in our country.
How do Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way than non-Christians? Even with the separation of Church and State, are there places where Christians have built-in advantages over non-Christians? How do we celebrate Christian identities and acknowledge that Christians receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country? Let’s reflect upon ways we can live up to our personal and national values that make room for all religious and secular identities on an equal playing field. All are welcome!
They should add: Unless you are a white Christian. This is the actual description of a training session titled “Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!" being offered at George Washington University. https://orgsync.com/144127/events/2216852/occurrences/5292239
Learning Objectives of the session include: describe what is meant by privilege overall and white privilege specifically, describe the role of denial when it comes to white privilege, list at least three examples of Christian privilege and list at least three ways to be an ally with a non-Christian person. One would be led to believe that anyone except a white professor with a theology degree would be teaching this course but that is exactly who will lead. Timothy Kane is a white male with a master of divinity degree and the director of the multicultural center at GW. The training session is offered as part of the “Excellence in Leadership Series” at the university. Other fine sessions have included: heterosexual privilege, cisgender privilege, abled-body privilege, socio-economic privilege, LGBTQIA diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias, and transgender diversity and inclusion. Each of the “privilege seminars” states that they focus specifically on white privilege. After further examination it becomes clear that the motive behind this series is not inclusion but the exclusion of those in Mr. Kane’s small world who he has an apparent personal problem with. Mr. Kane’s bio on the school website lists him as “a proud gay member of the LGBT community.” His masters thesis was titled "Solidarity as the Greatest Hope for the Gay and Lesbian Community." https://lgbt.columbian.gwu.edu/timothy-kaneThese two things tell us all we need to know about Mr. Kane’s motives and the content of his “Leadership Series.” As a “proud gay member” and a masters thesis title like that he does not seek to bring unity of a community but further division among the groups. One would think that on this anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. our society would have learned something about building bridges not walls. Dr. King’s message and demonstrations centered around peace and true unity through dialogue and understanding never and specifically not by attacking, in any way, those who disagree with you. Outside groups high jacked Dr. Kings movement and their work has contributed to the continued division felt in our country to this day!
Ironic that a man like Timothy Kane, with the term “inclusion” in his job title, would be working so hard at excluding those he seeks to inform. This is not a revelation for me but a reminder of how hard we as Christians must work to not come across in the same way Mr. Kane and others like him do. “All are welcome” is a term churches like to use, but is it accurate? Let’s make sure we never hurt the cause of Christ just because we might disagree with someone’s point of view or life choices. Let us never cheapen the Gospel by relaxing the truth found in Scripture and likewise never use it to break anyone down.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15
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