All this week, my bogs are about The Secrets of Hillsong docu-series. Yesterday’s ruffled some feathers. Today’s probably will as well. Tomorrow’s DEFINITELY will. They are all on my Patreon site and are all public this week.
So, no, you don’t have to be a subscriber to access them, this week. But you can become a subscriber if you’d like. Just throwing it out there …
Black Lives Matter.
Never before in the history of word play has there been a more confusing and unnecessarily politically charged phrase. It is literally the “who’s on first” of societal discussions.
“Black lives matter.”
“Yes. All lives matter.”
“NO! BLACK lives matter!”
“So, you mean ONLY black lives matter?”
“Of course not!”
“So…ALL lives matter?”
“NO! BLACK lives matter!”
I can’t keep up. I never could. So, I stay away from the phrase altogether. Mainly because I’m offended by the underlying premise in the first place. Who, in God’s name, ever said that black lives DIDN’T matter to begin with!?!? The notion is obscene.
I don’t say the phrase because if you actually have to say it, that means you’ve thought the opposite at some point. And I have never thought black lives (or any lives) didn’t matter.
But we get caught up in these silly arguments as ways to somehow prove we’re not racists, or play some verbal chess game with people we want to shame, and put them in semantic check mate.
My lifelong record on race is clear. I’ve written about it extensively, in songs and blogs. I have an adopted child of a different race, and I married outside my race. My grandfather battled the KKK in the 50s. My father marched in civil rights marches in the 60’s.
I have nothing to prove to you (or anybody else) about how I feel about (or interact with) different races. Nor will I be dragged into some virtue-signal-of-the-moment nonsense, where I have to black out my profile picture or say the correct phrase or donate to some cause de’jour. And if you’ve rushed to do any or all of those things, to prove yourself as a non-racist, then I hate to tell you this…but you might be kind of a racist. Because that means you’re nervous about it.
I’m not nervous.
That Hillsong pastor, Carl, spent 2020 throwing his back out trying to contort the correct way, in order to not get labeled a racist. That was such an insidious part of that time.
See, race is an illusion. Period. Any man, from any race, can impregnate any woman of any race. That means the human race is ONE species. It’s just science.
If an Asian man and a white woman couldn’t produce a child, it would make race something to actually study more deeply. It would, indeed mean, we were different kinds of hominids.
Therefore, Homosapiens might have a good reason to not want little Heather to date Neanderthal, Max. Because maybe they wouldn’t be able produce children. Or maybe there might be some possible genetic defect that could occur in their children, by crossing species. But that isn’t the case. We’ve been mixing races as long as boys and girls with varying skin pigments have been looking at each other googly-eyed from across the room.
And we’re all a mix of something. Our skin and features are all based on how close to the equator our ancestors settled. That’s it.
Everything else is culture.
But we still use this single feature as a fulcrum on which to base so many things. When I was a kid, I thought by 2023, we wouldn’t even be talking about race anymore. I thought we’d be WAY past skin color, wearing silver jumpsuits and teleporting – like in Star Trek. But here we are, still acting like it’s 1953.
People overuse the word “woke.” It’s a punch line, now. But the basis for “woke” is essentially a term meant to show that you have awakened to how everything in the human experience is based on your race or gender or sexual whatever. The belief that EVERYTHING is informed by those factors, is essentially “woke.”
And this ideology is more present in “journalism” than any place on earth.
The piece of the Hillsong docu-series that had me rolling my eyes the most, was when they waded into the “systemic racism” piece. Because there’s no red meat more succulent to a New York based reporter than to see a bunch of white men standing on a stage (or anywhere) together, who also don’t affirm LGBTQ, whatever, whatever (they lost me after the Q. I literally can’t remember any more letters in sequence. It’s like having to remember a password at this point) issues.
But sometimes, the white guys up there aren’t practicing “systemic racism.” They’re just guys doing their thing. And they’re part of a world that seems to attract white guys. Or maybe they just all know each other the way people get to know each other.
There are all sorts of reasons why white guys might be hanging out together. Black guys might do the same. Women might do the same. Gay guys might do the same.
Several years ago, I ran a non-profit. I asked so many women to be on my board. It was literally my quest to have the board mainly be female because I valued their input on some of our core issues.
NO. WOMAN. WOULD. DO. IT…except two.
So, if you saw a photo of my board, you might think it was a boys club. But it wasn’t. It was comprised of the only people who would actually show up. They just happened to be white guys. I didn’t plan it that way. It wasn’t “systemic.” It was just people who agreed to serve.
Sometimes a church isn’t being systemically racist. Sometimes, they’re just appealing to a certain demographic. And sometimes, their leadership is simply comprised of people who posses certain talents and abilities they need for those positions.
I kept waiting on the journalists to go see if T.D Jakes was making sure he had appropriate white representation on his staff. Or Creflo Dollar. Or Oprah Winfrey. Or Tyler Perry. Or Jay Z.
See, I don’t care about those people having enough white people on their staff…because I don’t care about race. And neither should any of us.
Meanwhile, most of the journalists who were telling us about how white men controlled this church…WERE. WHITE. MEN. And I kept yelling at the TV, “Why should I listen to you, white boy? You’re part of the same apparent problem at Vanity Fair and Hulu.”
Not only was it necessary to paint Hillsong as racist, but it was also necessary for them to show how the church didn’t affirm gay people.
This is a new wrinkle for every church theses days. But I don’t see any outcries about Mosques or Synagogues not being “affirming.” It’s just the Christian people who are apparently supposed to change everything about their orthodoxy in order to be on the “right side of history.”
Look, I laid out my thoughts on organized religion yesterday. But people have the right to have organized religion. And those religions come with rules and regs. And just because they don’t change those rules and regs to be what you want to them to be, doesn’t make them horrible.
It makes them a religion.
And religions do what religions do. Not being LGBTQ affirming isn’t the equivalent of hate. It’s basically being what Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were in 2008. It’s being what the U.K. was until 1967. It’s being what the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was until 1973.
Everybody gets a minute to catch up to whatever the new and improved sexual thing of the moment demands…except Christianity. That one never seems to get a pass.
Look, if Hillsong was actually systemically racist or if they didn’t extend compassion and love to gay people or trans people, then yeah…they weren’t being very Christ like.
But sometimes we find racism where it actually isn’t. And a bunch of white people being gathered in one place isn’t racism. It’s just people, who also have no say in what race they were born into, being somewhere. That’s not racism. White people gotta be somewhere, too.
And sometimes, you can love someone deeply and want the best for them, while still being conflicted about their sexuality, over certain texts in the bible that you base your life on.
Sex is not as simple as race. Not by a long shot.
Tomorrow, we talk about THAT part of the Hillsong saga.
Buckle up. It won’t be what you think …
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