It is important for Christians to be wise as they view the cultural landscape and begin to make predictions as to what is coming down the pike. And unfortunately, most accurate assessments yield a lot of trash.
Specifically, I wanted to draw our attention to some very bigoted and terrifying thoughts from the new Daily Show host, Trevor Noah.
“I believe we need to treat racism like a disease, and not a choice….I believe racism, it is hereditary. It is passed down from generation to generation just like alcoholism.”
“The problem I have is when you shun racists, when you cut them out of society, where do they go to? Let me get this straight: A person is racist, they get fired from their job; a person is racist, we kick them off their T.V. show, a person is racist, we ban them off Twitter. So all we are doing is we are banning these people. Where do we ban them to? That is what I want to know.”
“What happens to them afterwards? It shouldn’t just be you lose the job, you have to go do something.”
Structurally, Mr. Noah is an evangelist; He is doing exactly what Christians do. He has exposed, not only his worldview, but the appropriate gospel that accompanies it.
Sinners (racists) can be changed.
(One may try to argue at this point that groups and programs like A.A. are often times non-profits or are programs not federally funded. However, it would still be the State’s prerogative to force a person to attend, and the State would also need to give their blessing to that particular organization, making it a distinction without a difference.)
“But what happens to them afterward? They have to go and do what?”
The panel offered educational classes or rehab as options to his question, both of which Noah seemed content with. They then began to joke about “conversion shock-therapy”, but the thing to laugh at there is, given their premises, that is not a joke at all; it is actually a viable option.
The panel does not realize the irony that the worldview they are advocating for cannot possibly exclude that method, nor can it consistently exclude even methods far worse.
Thus, there are two important things to break down before final application:
1) Trevor Noah wants to institutionalize a disposition.
A pedophile is a pedophile ten minutes prior to his first offense. But the government has no claim over him ten minutes prior to his first offense.
In other words, Mr. Noah has confused the difference between sin and crime. He does this because his worldview is not able to distinguish between them at all.
Not all sin ought to be punished by the civil government. What Trevor Noah is suggesting is the obliteration of that distinction. If someone demonstrates they are racist, they must be legislated to fix their racism. It is no longer enough to punish their behavior.
We arrest and punish people for crimes committed, not for being a certain kind of person. People are allowed to be bitter and angry all they want; the government can do nothing about it unless said bitterness or anger leads to a crime. You cannot legislate against or punish racism. You can only legislate against and punish crimes. No one should be forced to go to a class or be institutionalized because they are racist. No one should be forced into a program or a class because they are racist. They have rights until they commit a crime.
Trevor Noah wants the government to do something about people’s soul, and that is something the government is inept to do. But, it is his god, so he cannot admit that.
2) If the government gets to define racism, they get to define everything.
Trevor Noah does to, but remember who his god is: the State.
In Noah’s world, the government gets to define sin. They get to tell us when we are being racist and when we are not. And then they get to institutionalize and rehabilitate us for our racism.
Not long from now though, the crime will no longer be things like discrimination, homophobia, or any other made up word legislators want to use against us. The punishable crimes will not be specific actions like preaching without a license, or hate speech from the pulpit. In Trevor’s worldview, the crime can be Christianity itself.
“We can ban [Christians], but where are we banning them to?”
“[Racism] a tribal thing.”
The unique circumstances of southern slavery in America made American’s concepts of Racism more race-based than ever before, but racism is hardly about race; it has more to do with cultures than melanin.
|If a man hates black people,
who of these two men should he hate most?