I recently stumbled upon a photo on facebook that has now been deleted (I don’t know why, maybe because someone reported it?). You can’t see from my screen shot, but the post is based on the ten things from this other blog post.
And number 10 (which you can’t see here because I couldn’t enlarge because it had been deleted) states “Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.”
There were a lot of angry white folks commenting on that post because of number 10. Some wanted to understand better, saying “So if we’re all racist and can’t change, what’s the point of even trying?” There wasn’t a lot of hope there.
So, I shared it with my own commentary and commented the same:
If that’s too small for you to read:
If you were to tell a white Christian that we are all sinners and “fall short of the glory of christ,” they would accept that no problem. They believe we can never be perfect. Yet when you show them number 10 they hiss and spit.
We have always found a way to hate each other. That’s why, if you approach the word “racist” intersectionally, it can be replaced with a whole train of other words.
If white Christians can be sinners and still find hope in their religion, they should be able to find hope with this post. I think this is one reason why groups like the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT) form– because they view humans as inherently flawed and see the only way of ending suffering/racism as ending reproduction. That’s a version of hope in itself.
I had never thought about the ways in which Christianity and VHEMT were similar before seeing this post and reading the comments. It made me queasy and got me thinking…
Both view humans as things that can’t be fixed without some sort of salvation/end of days or end of human race. But one view hopes for a gentler exit from the world (versus an apocalypse where there is unspeakable suffering).
It is my opinion that Christianity and VHEMT can go hand in hand:
It might be objected that the Fathers could not have wished marriage to die out because this would mean that the human race could not continue. That was no problem to the Fathers for procreation was by no means seen as a Christian duty. ‘Leave that to the pagans,’ Tertullian said tersely. Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, a great admirer of Tertullian, said that the first commandment given to men was indeed to increase and multiply, but now that the earth was full there was no need to continue frenetically this process of multiplication. Augustine was clear that if everybody stopped marrying and having children that would be an admirable thing: it would mean that the Kingdom of God would return all the sooner and the world would come to an end. By continuing to propagate the human race we were simply holding up Christ’s glorious return.
But so far, that has not been the case. VHEMT is often an angry hate-fueled group on its worst days, and Christianity doesn’t seem to have the whole birth-control thing down.
Just thought I’d catalog my ideas here in case I ever needed to go back to them.
Maybe I’d do OK in Seminary after all…