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Jesus Was Sexist and Racist
28 June 2013
While reading the Gospels, have you ever noticed how sexist and racist Jesus was? I mean, here was God in the flesh, and when He wanted to pick twelve disciples to train, who would take over His ministry after He returned to heaven, what kind of people did He choose? They were all males and all Jewish!
It is very obvious that Jesus was living in the dark, barbaric days before Affirmative Action. In our more enlightened era, things would be TOTALLY different! Our modern, sophisticated culture does NOT tolerate such blatant sexism, racism, bigotry and elitism! If you want to hire an employee for your business or admit a student to your school, there are labyrinthine, convoluted rules and regulations which MUST be followed!
transgender — since there seems to be some confusion about this whole gender thing! In Jesus' day you simply looked between a person's legs to find out their gender, but in our advanced culture you need psychologists and lawyers in order to figure it out!
Next, we have to included all the major ethnic groups, so instead of twelve Jews — how cliquish! — you would need to have an even-handed selection of Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Nubians, and of course the often-excluded Samaritans, in addition to your token Jews. Let's see ... six races and two genders ... one male and one female from each ethnic group would make twelve ... perfect!
But then there are religious considerations. "Jewish" describes a religion as well as a race. Back in the time of Jesus things were a bit more black and white — at least from the Jewish perspective: you were either Jewish or pagan. But these days things are a lot more complicated. In order to have a balanced and well-represented group of disciples, we would need to include representatives from at least the major religious persuasions: Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Wiccan, Pagan, Satanist, and of course the obligatory Atheist and Agnostic. OK, that makes twelve religious philosophies for twelve disciples ... another even-handed and perfect match!
Finally, we must make sure that all the various age-groups and generations are represented. Obviously they had different names for these groups back then, but nowadays we would say the Silent Generation, the Baby Boomers, Generation X, the Millennials, and the Homeland Generation. Because the unborn don't count — except in statistics — we're left with five age groups for our twelve disciples ... ah well, sometimes the math just doesn't work out so perfectly.
In our modern, sophisticated age, we also need to plan on including a representative from every major form of sexual deviation and perversion. It would be immoral, as well as illegal, to not include homosexuals, lesbians, adulterers, fornicators, transvestites, bisexuals, zoosexuals, prostitutes, and pornographers. Because God is love, it's only normal and proper to include all of these abnormal, immoral, counterfeit loves. As to how they will be divided up between the various gender, ethnic, religious and age groups listed above — we'll leave that to the diplomats and politicians.
The Bible recounts that the night before Jesus picked His twelve disciples, He stayed up all night praying (see Luke 6:12-16). If He had to stay up all night praying just to pick twelve people who were all of the same gender, the same race and the same religion, imagine the Divine intervention that would be needed to do it properly, according to the modern and civilized criteria described in the preceding paragraphs! Not only would it take a lot more prayer, but months and months of research, computer analysis, and an extensive, professional recruitment process! It would make jury selection for the most high-profile court case look trivial in comparison!
But actually choosing the twelve would only be the beginning. Then would come many more months of rigorous, intensive diversity training and sensitivity training before they would be fit to be Jesus' pupils, companions and future leaders. Eventually, after everything is achieved, Jesus would finally be able to exonerate Himself from the reputation of being sexist and racist ... a very worthy goal if you want to be a major religious leader!
In our advanced culture, Jesus' bigoted elitism as displayed by choosing twelve Jewish males for his leadership team would cause Him to be strongly criticised, denounced, condemned and rejected. His lack of diversity would be viewed as insulting, immoral and unspiritual. Such a man could not be from God — such a man could not BE God!
If Jesus' neanderthal mentality was not bad enough, we still have the Apostle Paul's shocking racism to deal with. In a letter to his fellow missionary Titus, he wrote,
One of Crete's own prophets has said it: "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith. (Titus 1:12-13)Can you imagine the uproar and outrage of our modern, enlightened society if Paul were to make such a statement in our time? His popular TV show and sponsorships would be axed. Paul would be banned from entering countries with Cretan minorities. He may have even been forced to resign his position of leadership in the early Church for such a statement.
In our insanely politically-correct world, where the slightest deviation from the "norm" can result in universal condemnation, and a single disapproved, "offensive" statement can end your career and ruin your life, there is positively no room for comments like "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." Such intolerance is absolutely NOT tolerated! Today's society has a deep-seated phobia of all sorts of phobias — phobophobia — including Islamophobia, homophobia, and numerous others.
How can such a blantantly racist statement have been allowed in the Bible, which is considered by true believers to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God? Apparently God is not as politically correct as our moderns sensibilities might like Him to be!
Even though we feel so wise and grown up, modern man is like a little child running to his mommy, "The boy next door said I was _______!" You can fill in the blank yourself, as just about any word will do these days! How did we get into such an oversensitive tizzy?! More importantly, how can we be set free from such mania and slavery?
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