Saturday, September 09, 2006

You Know You’re in a Cult if . . .

You know you’re in a cult if your pastor denies that he is a racist, but he affirms that the Son of God is a racist who used racial insults to “make a point.” No one looks better in the pointed hood worn by the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan than Douglas Wilson for one simple reason: he put the “N” word on the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ, who “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26).
Jesus was not above using ethnic humor to make His point either. . . . (Mt. 15:22–28) . . . . My understanding of this encounter is that Jesus was pulling his disciples’ chain. This woman was not a Jew, and the Jews had problems dealing with such people, considering them beneath contempt — in a word, dogs. Put in terms that we might be more familiar with, Jesus was white, and the disciples were white, and this black woman comes up seeking healing, for her daughter. She gets ignored. The disciples ask Jesus to send her off. She comes up and beseeches Christ for healing. It’s not right, He says, to give perfectly good white folk food to “niggers.” Disciples mentally cheer. But she sees the look in His eye, and the inverted commas around the epithet, and answers in kind. He relents, which was His intent all along, and heals the woman’s daughter. If this understanding is right, then Jesus was using a racial insult to make a point. If it is not correct, then He was simply using a racial insult. In either case, His language is more than a little rough. (Douglas Wilson, A Serrated Edge [Moscow: Canon Press, 2003], 43–44)