On December 25th, Christmas Day, when we celebrate the birth of Christ, the Savior of the world, Christians’ hearts are filled with gladness and cheer. And the day is spent celebrating this momentous occasion and fellowshipping with family, friends, and other Christians. It’s a day of peace, and good will toward men.
That’s how Christians celebrate Christmas, anyway.
But it’s certainly not how the people at The Gospel Coalition celebrate it. To them, Christmas Day is just another occasion to attack and denigrate white people. If you logged on to their website on Christmas Eve, sure, they had some articles up with traditional Christmas themes. After all, white people may be the scum of the earth, but they’re still the ones whose donations pay the bills at TGC, so you can’t make it too obvious just how much you hate them and everything they stand for. You have to mix in a little Christianity with your religion of Anti-Racism to keep the white suckers from figuring out exactly what you’re up to.
But at the very top of their list of articles was a link to this one, called “Why I’m Not Dreaming of a White Christmas.”
As everyone who has a website knows, the closer something is to the top, the more it gets clicked on and read. So that’s where the publisher puts the stuff they most want people to read. And, just for good measure, this article wasn’t at the top of their site just on Christmas Eve, but all Christmas day and night, too.
And no, it wasn’t some preacher writing about how he’s sick of watered-down Christmas songs like “White Christmas” or “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” that have nothing to do with the birth of Christ. How these songs came to crowd out traditional Christmas carols would actually make for a great article. Of course, TGC would never publish it. That wouldn’t be very “winsome,” and some might find it offensive. Thankfully, not all websites are quite so squeamish.
No, the article is exactly what I figured it was as soon as I saw the title – a hate-filled attack on white people. What surprised me a little was that it wasn’t written by a white man. The author, David A. Gundersen, is the son of a Japanese woman and a Norwegian father. He’s married to a white woman, and he and his white wife have adopted four children from Africa. And, just in case there’s any confusion, he makes it clear right off the bat that he didn’t write this article because he hates snow:
Now’s about the time when Christmas-lovers and snow-enthusiasts around the country start checking the 5-day weather forecast, united in their hope that Christmas Day will be marked by a freshly fallen snow. I should know — I married a snow-lover.
I can still remember the sparks of excitement and the impromptu dances at windows and screen doors every few years as Cindi and our like-minded kids have made that happiest of realizations — that snow has fallen silently over the night before Christmas.
No, the white he hates isn’t snow; it’s the unspeakable evil of normal white people leading normal white lives:
But for far too many years and decades and even centuries, another pure whiteness has silently descended on our Western church families, blanketing our Advent celebrations and our Christmas Eve services, not to mention our 52 other Sunday morning services throughout the year.
Of course, this is exactly backwards. In fact, it’s a flat-out lie. White communities haven’t “silently descended” on America like some invading force. Until quite recently, America was 90% white, and entirely white communities were the norm. Very few white people lived around blacks, let alone wanted to “assimilate” with them. White people who did such things were ostracized. And blacks were pretty much the only non-whites in America, except for a few tiny pockets of Mexicans and Asians. The all-white community was the typical American community until the 1965 immigration bill that has destroyed the old America. And by and large those communities were safe, peaceful, and Christian. Naturally, churches were also nearly all-white or all-black. And there was absolutely nothing wrong with that.
It’s not white communities that have “descended” on America. It’s the diversities that are descending on white America, tens of millions of Third Worlders, and they’re not doing it silently by any stretch of the imagination. But David Gundersen feels free to prevaricate wildly, and just invent his own ludicrous story about “pure whiteness” that silently “descended” on America. He knows TGC will eat it up.
Say, want to guess what a person who would spout such an obvious falsehood does for a living? You won’t be surprised to learn that he’s an Assistant Professor at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Which shows that he’s a complete hypocrite – if I hated racism, I certainly wouldn’t be drawing a salary from a place that’s named after slave-holding, pro-confederacy James P. Boyce, and whose chapel is named after a Captain in the Confederacy, John Broadus, who said:
We must not forget that the Negroes differ widely among themselves, having come from different races in Africa, and having had very different relations to the white people while held in slavery, many of them are greatly superior to others in character, but the great mass of them belong to a very low grade of humanity.
Especially if I had adopted four black Africans.
Of course, I’m an evil white man, and I’m hung up on outdated racist concepts like “ethics” and “integrity,” so who cares what I think? Sure, Gundersen is taking money from an institution that represents everything he claims to be against, but he’s a diversity, so it’s OK.
For far too long, as America has diversified beautifully, Christmas in so many American churches has stayed far too white.
Now, just imagine if any professor at any Christian college in America had described any event, practice, or institution as “far too black” or “far too Hispanic.” He would be out of a job the next day, and he would never work in Christian higher education again. And he’d certainly never get published at The Gospel Coalition, let alone on the day we celebrate the birth of Christ. But to the people who run TGC, white people are scum, so professors at “Christian” colleges can say whatever they want about white people, especially if they’re not white, and TGC will put it at the top of their site on Christmas Day.
He then starts spouting a bunch of theobabble and sociological doubletalk, and then claims that his article “is not a rant against whiteness or privilege or any other trope that an unfamiliar reader might be tempted to assume.” Oh, heck no – when he says that it’s troubling that many of our Christmas church services are “far too white,” he means that in a good way. He doesn’t want the white people who support Boyce College and the SBC and TGC to get the idea that he’s some wild-eyed liberal who’s against the concept of “whiteness.” No, he doesn’t hate “whiteness” or anything like that. He just hates white people, that’s all.
But after all the spiritual-sounding gobbledygook and doubletalk about “unity in Christ,” he gets down to the nitty gritty. He’s talking about far more than just church services:
So I’m dreaming of a day when no American Christian can see a Latino and wonder about their immigration status instead of their eternal soul, or see an African-American teenager with baggy pants and a hoodie and think danger levels instead of image-bearer, or see a Marlboro hat in a rural trailer park and think hillbilly instead of human dignity.
Now, you can just ignore that last part about the white guy in the trailer park. That’s just in there for show, to reassure any of the rubes out there who might be wondering why a professor at the SBC’s flagship college is preaching anti-white garbage about white communities “silently descending” on America, and Christmas Eve services being “far too white.” So throw them off the scent with a few crocodile tears about “hillbillies.”
What he’s really saying is that he wants white people to quit putting up even the slightest bit of resistance to their dispossession. When I’m driving past Home Depot, and see and hear a bunch of Mexican day laborers speaking Spanish, why shouldn’t I wonder about their immigration status? If it’s wrong to do so, then whose immigration status would it be OK to wonder about? When we hear about a million people a year invading America from Mexico and Central America, nearly all of them Hispanic, why shouldn’t someone who lives in Phoenix wonder about the immigration status of a Hispanic who doesn’t speak English?
What Gundersen is saying is that it’s wrong to have such concepts as “citizen” and “registered alien” and “illegal alien.” Period. He said he’s “dreaming of the day” when “no American Christian” can wonder about the immigration status of a Latino. Doesn’t get much clearer than that. If someone is in our country, you have no business wondering how he got here, or if he “belongs” here, because all that matters is their eternal soul. Gundersen doesn’t even bother with the usual half-hearted talk about, “sure, we need to reform our immigration system.” He just comes right out and says no American Christian should care about such things as illegal immigration.
He’s also “dreaming of a day when no American Christian” takes sensible precautions to keep himself and his family safe from the out-of-control violence among blacks, much of it perpetrated by an “African-American teenager with baggy pants and a hoodie.” If a white woman is visiting her mother in the hospital one night, and as she heads for her car and sees three black guys in baggy pants and hoodies hurrying toward her, in Gundersen’s wicked and hateful worldview, all she’s allowed to think is, “Oh, look – here come three men made in the image of God. How nice!”
No, she can’t worry that she’s about to be raped or robbed or killed. No, that’s the Devil talking to her, going on about “otherness” and making her think bad thoughts about three perfectly innocent bearers of God’s image:
Even as Christians — sometimes especially as Christians — we’re so good at fearing the otherness of others. Whether due to religious pride or subcultural preferences or misguided ideas of “holiness,” we’re far too skilled at feeding that insatiable accuser who loves to sow malice among us, and if not malice, fear, and if not fear, suspicion, and if not suspicion, indifference. But what that devil never sows is gospel truth, cruciform love, and Christ-like impartiality — the kinds of truths and attitudes and relationships that create diverse gatherings, united in Christ, as far as the curse is found.
See? Wanting to live away from people with extremely high rates of violence is “religious pride” or a “subcultural preference” or a “misguided idea of holiness,” and white people need to knock it off. They need to stop listening to the Devil, and stop paying attention to all those satanic media lies about savage black rapists and murderers.
Like that 83-year-old white woman in Lone Oak, Georgia. She shouldn’t have regarded the four blacks who broke into her home, beat her, doused her with gasoline, and then set her on fire as some kind of dangerous thugs, but as four image-bearers. Sure, she still would’ve died a horrible death after enduring weeks of horrible pain from being burnt alive, but at least she wouldn’t have fallen for the Devil’s lies about “otherness.”
And while I’ll bet her church’s Christmas Eve service was probably still “far too white” for Gundersen’s liking, at least it wasn’t quite as white as it could’ve been. Hey, it’s a start.
It’s just a shame that she didn’t live long enough to see TGC wish her a Merry Christmas by calling her a racist.