Worldview War #3: Identity

Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

“Frankly, there are just too many white people in here, and this is a space for people of color, so just be really cognizant of the space that you’re taking up, because it does make some of us POCs (People of Color) uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here. There’s the whole university for a lot of y ’all to be at, and there’s very few spaces for us, so keep that in mind.”

Caught on video last week, a young woman made this public announcement in the University of Virginia’s Multicultural Student Center in front of a crowded audience that included students of all different ethnicities. The University issued a statement afterwards to emphasize that the center is open to everyone at UVA.

This radical statement may shock some folks who read it, but it shouldn’t. In March 2018, students at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) released flyers announcing their plans to launch a “No Whites Allowed magazine. White people are welcome to attend the launch party, but the founders insist that “it’s a zine for QPOC and by QPOC [queer persons of color].” UTSA Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand stated that the flyers were removed by university officials wherever they were discovered.

In October 2016, students at the University of California, Berkeley held a violent protest on campus to demand segregated “spaces of color” for non-white students. Campus Reform reporter Anthony Gockowski documented what happened: “The demonstration began at a key bridge on campus, where the protesters made a human chain to prevent white people from crossing, instead directing them to ‘go around’ by trudging across the stream. Demonstrators heckled white passersby, barring them entry to the bridge by forming a human chain while allowing students of color to pass unmolested. White students and professors were denied entry to the bridge as they were surrounded by aggressive protesters shouting ‘go around!’”

In January 2016, the University of Connecticut announced that they were implementing segregated dorms for males “who identify as black” as their attempt to increase the graduation rate of black males, stating that they hope black males will graduate at a higher rate if they spend more time with one another.

The universities where we send our children to get an education to prepare them to function as responsible adults have become leftist centers promoting such foolish ideologies as finding your identity through skin color or sexual preference. Dennis Prager diagnosed the root cause for such foolish teaching in his December 2003 article ‘How I found God at Columbia’: “Very few people can say that they found God or religion at college or graduate school. The university is a radically secular institution that either ignores or disparages religious belief in God. Yet, one day, when I was a graduate student in international affairs at Columbia University, I remember it very clearly. Since entering graduate school, I was preoccupied with this question: Why did so many learned and intelligent professors believe so many foolish things?

One day, I received an answer to this question. A biblical verse – one I had recited in kindergarten at the Jewish religious school I attended as a child – entered my mind. It was from Psalm 111: ‘Wisdom begins with fear of God.’ It could not be a coincidence that the most morally confused of society’s mainstream institutions and the one possessing the least wisdom – the university – was also society’s most secular institution. The Psalmist was right – no God, no wisdom.”

In our verse this week, the apostle Paul explains that God does not view people’s identity the same as our universities are currently teaching our children. Galatians 3:28 should be an incredibly inspiring message from the Lord, as He sees all people as being ONE FAMILY in Jesus Christ, regardless of their ethnic identity (Jew or Greek), social status (slave or free), or gender identity (male or female). Could you imagine the culture we’d have in America today if people saw each other as God does?

But Dennis Prager sees hope in the foolishness our students are being taught:

“I look at the university and see truth deconstructed, beauty reviled, America loathed, good and evil inverted, elementary truths about life denied, and I realize that one very powerful argument for God – society cannot function successfully without reference to Him. So as much as I shudder when I read of another academic’s absurd position, I also feel my faith renewed. Ironically, the worse the universities get, the greater their tribute to God.”

The Evidence of Faith’s Substance – Article #387

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