Answers in Genesis emailed me ten days ago. They claimed to have found the cure for “racial tensions” (and yes, they used quotation marks).
“Racial tensions” manifested by the likes of street demonstrations in Ferguson, use-of-force inquires, the shooting of unarmed black men, and the less than equitable media coverage of these events.
Answers in Genesis’ answer to these problems? Make everyone believe in creationism.
..all need to build their thinking on God’s Word and judge all their cultural aspects accordingly; all need to be one in Christ and put an end to their rebellion against their Creator.
You heard that right. The cure for racism is to make everyone the same.
I don’t claim to have the perfect answer for the complex problems facing American society, but we can probably do better than the imposition of religious and cultural uniformity: how about, I don’t know, advocating for conversation? Listening to other voices?
And what about our common humanity? Before we’re Christians, Muslims, Jews, or Atheists, we’re human. We don’t need everyone to believe in creationism before we can address our problems.
Because they’re ours, regardless of our collective origin.
Answers gets one thing right, however – the Bible does have something to add to the conversation about race…
But it isn’t creationism, it’s Jesus.
The other-affirming, outsider-joining, marginalized-empowering, conversation-having Jesus.
Something (*cough* the crucifixion *cough*) tells me that Jesus didn’t wait until everyone believed uniformly before he addressed injustice.
And neither should we.