In this video, slam poet Chris Tse apologizes for being a Christian (warning: a couple of instances of foul language). Before you watch the video, think for a moment which actions Tse might have singled out as worthy of apologizing for. Consider our culture, its worldviews, and especially how Christians are portrayed in secular media.
How did you do? It really wasn’t that difficult to guess which sins he’d be apologizing for, was it?
As one would expect, some of the politically correct sins presented were: the crusades, homophobia, anti-abortion protests, culturally insensitive missionaries, etc. Now, regardless of whether or not Christians, in general, are guilty of some or all of these infractions, does anyone else find it unsettling that the infractions listed match up with how the Christian and Christianity is portrayed in secular media?
While it appears that Mr. Tse is sincere, albeit naive, I’m concerned about how this type of “apology” dovetails with the secular worldview of the liberal west. I find it interesting that we live in a world which considers all ideas valid, yet demands apologies from those whose ideas which, truth be told, they consider wrong (i.e., not valid). It’s the old, “We will not tolerate intolerance!” mantra. Recall that one of President Obama’s first actions, as President, was to travel ’round the world apologizing on behalf of the United States.
Apologizing, evidently, is in vogue.
I’ve read some commentators who state that we live in a post-modern society which is not really interested in viewing the world through rational, enlightenment eyes. Therefore, any discipline which presents an argument to make its case, such as that of apologetics, is considered old-school. Instead, we’re told, we need to expend our efforts to reach the heart of the person - namely by means of anything relational.
Hence, we see efforts such those to administer so-called social justice to the less fortunate in our midst - or - to deliver apologies for hurting other people’s feelings.
Yet we humans are neither wholly rational or wholly emotional creatures - we are much more than that. We have, after all, been stamped with the Image of God.
As such, worldviews which tout the truth of pluralism are self-defeating, not because they don’t feel right but because they don’t work. In the same vein, apologies for the past actions of a particular group had better have the facts and context of those actions objectively correct, lest such apologies be nothing more than a meaningless flapping of wind.
References: (which I don’t apologize for listing)
The Crusades - Rodney Stark - God’s Battalions
Abortion - Christians offering help and healing to those who’ve chosen abortion
Focus on the Family (yes FOTF) - an article that must surely be filled with hate towards the homosexual…