Is White Supremacy Anti-Christian? I am sure some of you will say, sure, that’s obvious! In fact, I hope so. But if that is the case, if white supremacy is so anti-Christian, why is so-called Christian white supremacy teaching never condemned as heresy? Why is it that, even when church authorities distance themselves from white supremacy, is it rarely called sin?
White supremacy is the belief that “Whites” are better than “Blacks” and “Jews” and others. It’s an ethno-centric ideology that has sometimes been linked with Christianity and justified by distorted readings of the Bible. That’s a situation that I find very odd given the multi-ethnic history of Christianity. That’s a situation I find odder still when we consider that Jesus was a Jew, and that one of the earliest Christian converts was an Ethiopian, a black.
When we are called to conversion, when we are called to renounce sin and embrace grace, should not white supremacy be one of the sins seekers are called to renounce? Should conversion be considered valid if it is not renounced? Can there be conversion without repentance? After all, if the good news is about reconciliation, how is this reconciling? This is a serious question. And here is a more serious one, what would you say to Christians who refused to renounce white supremacist views? And what do you say to white supremacists claiming Christian faith? How core an issue is reconciliation? What witness do you leave the world?