Archive for December, 2013

Root Causes And Self-Identification

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I am a radical feminist.

This doesn’t mean that I’ll “go further” than you, or that I’m more fervent in my beliefs than you. It means what “radical” means — that is, root. I believe that patriarchy is at the root of every expression of human evil. As a Christian, I call these expressions of human evil “sin” and “rebellion against God,” and so I believe patriarchy to be profoundly, irredeemably sinful. And while I’m married to a man and have two sons I love with everything I have, I’m not at all hesitant to assert that masculinity is the rotten fruit of the diseased tree of patriarchy, and I despise it.

“Liberal” feminists believe that the law can change patriarchy by neutering its effects — but I reject “liberal feminism” because it doesn’t engage in a discussion of the root cause of it all. I was created by a God who is neither female nor male but only perfectly represented in the female and the male, and I worship a Savior God whose salvation comes from his humanness, not his maleness. I revere a Bible whose Gospel message proclaims the eternal overthrow of the sin of patriarchy. No proper expression of Christianity, then, can practice, defend, or accept patriarchy, and I cannot be in fellowship with those who practice, defend, and applaud my subordination and subjugation in stark disobedience of the tenets of the Gospel. Period. The masculinist Church defends what benefits the men in it, and dares call itself “faithful.”

Its deception will not continue with my cooperation.

Nelson Mandela

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I praise God for the 95 years former South African President and moral icon Nelson Mandela walked among us.  Very, very few human beings have demonstrated the courage, integrity, and decency that this man did, and the irenic spirit with which he treated those in South Africa who imprisoned him for 27 years is as close a picture of Christ as we’re likely to see on this earth.

Because I live in Moscow, Idaho, home to paleo-Confederates, “constitutionalists,” defenders of slavery, and Libertarians who try mightily, and unsuccessfully, to defend their execrable ideas with Scripture, I’m sure we’ll hear about the Biblical righteousness of the Afrikaners who were not only Mandela’s enemies, but who, in their practice of apartheid, kept African Blacks oppressed in their own homeland.  We’ll be told, with pompous assurance and warped appeals to history, that the Dutch Calvinist colonizers were sent by God to rule the Blacks and institute the vicious racism of apartheid, and undoubtedly this lesson will be accompanied by a rebuke and a reminder that only Godless liberalism and the simpering sentimentalism it engenders would elevate Mandela as a model of non-violent peace-making and justice-seeking, rather than a rabble-rouser who should’ve just been “Biblically content” for him and his people to be second-class citizens in their own homeland.

I pray you won’t be confused.  If you know anything at all about the character of Jesus Christ, you won’t be.  If you’ve been taught by Doug Wilson, though, well . . . you wouldn’t know moral greatness if it knocked on your door.  (Revelation 3:20)