The United States is being torn apart by charges of racism. You cannot surf the internet, watch the news, listen to the radio, or read a newspaper without encountering claims of racism.
But the definition of racism has changed and today, it’s highly emotive and politicized.
We used to think of racism as prejudice against people because of the color of their skin. Today racism is defined as culture.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) defines racism as whiteness or white culture. Racism is no longer about skin color but about culture: white culture, black culture, Asian culture, Hispanic culture.
Let’s be clear: racism is sin, a moral evil. Prejudice against a person based on skin color is absolutely wrong. The Bible is clear about it: there is one human race. We have all come from the same first parents and all have the same blood coursing through our veins.
But today, those who cry the loudest against racism are the true racists. They seek to take the US backwards, to divide us along ethnic lines.
White racism, as defined by the NMAAHC, includes the Judeo-Christian virtues of individual and personal responsibility, the importance of hard work, the creation of wealth, the vital role of the nuclear family—a father, mother and their children—and the recognition of objective truth and morality.
These have nothing to do with skin color, everything to do with the nature of the Creator whose character forms the framework for the universe and a moral and metaphysical order for all of life.
The makings of civil war
This framework transcends race, sex, age, and tribe. It is not racist, it is not “white culture.” It is the Judeo-Christian culture derived from worship of the one God who is the Creator of the universe. The practice of these virtues leads to freedom and flourishing for all human beings. Those who deny the existence of God—atheists—worship false gods and derive culture from the objects of their worship.
Those who subscribe to Critical Racial Theory are at war with Judeo-Christian values. Their goal is to destroy the West by destroying the framework that created the West, especially the nuclear family which is the bedrock of any civilization.
Dennis Prager is blowing a loud trumpet of warning. We are indeed approaching a civil war in the United States, not a war over race, but over Judeo-Christian culture and the principles and virtues it promotes.
When Judeo-Christian principles are abandoned, evil eventually ensues. One doesn’t have to be a believer to acknowledge this. Many secular conservatives recognize that the end of religion in the West leads to moral chaos — which is exactly what we are witnessing today and exactly what we witnessed in Europe last century. When Christianity died in Europe, we got communism, fascism and Nazism. What will we get in America if Christianity and Judeo-Christian values die?
Prager’s article is well worth reading. It is one of the clearest articulations of the nature of Judeo-Christian virtues and the conflict we are now in for the soul of the West and ultimately the world.
- Darrow Miller