This morning, I reflected back on my past experience in the white Christian church, and I had some thoughts come to mind.
It was amazing to watch pastors preach to white Christian conservatives that they were the ones genuinely oppressed in this country. The consistent narratives that it was Christians versus the world and that everyone was against them breed such strong internal contempt for anyone that is not a white Christian conservative. Not only was it preached, but these pastors encouraged these folks to “go out into the world and make disciples” which further perpetuates harm against society as a whole.
This is an example of white supremacy in the church.
Sunday services were excellent opportunities to build and reinforce constructs that allow white Christians to live in constant fear that their “rights” are in jeopardy, that Jesus only sides with white Republicans, that people who don’t live and look like them are inherently dangerous and anti-Christian, and that upholding oppressive ideologies are dignified and righteous.
Many Christians don’t want to address this because they feel it is a direct attack against the foundation on which they build their lives. It is unfathomable to them to believe that they can be anything other than true examples of love, the standard for morals and ethics, and the truth that the world needs to revere and support. Even the argument, “I’m not perfect, but I know that I am saved by grace and that my sins are forgiven.”, is just another opportunity for Christians to ignore their capacity to cause significant damage.
Until someone can be at peace with the fact that their religion may not be the complete answer to every one of life’s questions, they will continue to live in a way that oppresses the same people they claim to love unconditionally.
The roots are deep, and they have a stranglehold on the ability to progress as communities, a society, and as a nation in general.