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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Strange Truth (Isaiah 28-30)

"I don't believe in White Privilege; I believe in American Opportunity and Success."

"I don't believe in White Privilege or White Guilt."

These are comments I've heard in the last few months. Anecdotal evidence to be sure.  Here are a couple of responses from a Kaiser Family Foundation report.

How is it possible to believe you have benefited from your race, but not benefited from discrimination?  Given the disparity in success between Whites and non-Whites--a series of facts that can only be avoid from willful ignorance--how can you not "believe in White Privilege"?  

Answer: False Prophets.  Isaiah dealt with similar problems.  While Judah was crumbling forgetting its values, Isaiah wrote of these prophets in Isaiah 28:7-10:
7 And these also stagger from wine
and reel from beer:
Priests and prophets stagger from beer
and are befuddled with wine;
they reel from beer,
they stagger when seeing visions,
they stumble when rendering decisions.
8 All the tables are covered with vomit
and there is not a spot without filth.

9 “Who is it he is trying to teach?
To whom is he explaining his message?
To children weaned from their milk,
to those just taken from the breast?
10 For it is:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that;
a little here, a little there.”
Isaiah also experienced the problem of willful ignorance.  Isaiah had the truth, but found an unwilling audience.
11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
It wasn't helped by the strangeness of Isaiah's message.  They worked hard to calculate success through alliances with Egypt or deals with Assyria. In fact, "[I]n repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it." Isaiah 30:15.

Those who thrash about targeting their fellow worker.  Advocating for a border wall and an end to free trade.  Alliances with Russian.  All foolishness stoked by false prophets.  What we need to do, is repent for a system of privilege.  We need to work for peace through justice.  But, unfortunately, we will have none of it.

How can you help someone understand a problem if he doesn't want to understand it?  Seriously, I would like answers.

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