BLM Co-Founder Calls Herself A Marxist?
DAY 3 | BLM CO-FOUNDER CALLS HERSELF A MARXIST?
According to the New York Post, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors made the following statement in a recent interview.
“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.
“We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”
WHAT IS MARXISM?
Before, we move on, I think it’s important to explain what Marxism is, and furthermore, define what Cultural Marxism is if we are to better understand what BLM is seeking to do.
As the Co-founders openly stated, they are trained Marxists and are using this ideology to mobilize millions of black people and others into their cause. And they are seeking your kids by advertising through the gaming industry and all forms of social media.
So again, what is a Marxist? Marxism goes back to the 19th century to a man by the name of Karl Marx and Fredrick Engle, who argued that sociology and anthropology could be best understood by gaining understanding of class systems.
These class systems are what we know now as the lower class, middle class, and upper class. In essence, what they taught was the idea that all social conflicts come down to class struggles: the poor against the rich, the lower class being oppressed by the upper class.
Later Marx and others argued that there would need to be some sort social revolution, if the world was going to evolve into a place of true peace and happiness. But later, as Marxism marched on, these ideas have invaded the American Culture through universities, professors and politics. It has expanded its ideas. Now the problem isn’t just classism, but it was racism and gender issues, immigration etc.
So now we don’t have Marxism pointing its finger not only at classism, but also at culture as a whole. So this is why it’s more easily understood as Cultural Marxism.
CULTURAL MARXISM’S CATEGORIES, DIVISIONS AND AGENDAS
This ideology perpetuates the notion that there is a need to overthrow the oppressive majority, which are the powers in our country, whereby division lines are not limited to class but increasingly are cultural issues that seem to center around race and gender, and also around political parties as well.
The Cultural Marxist teaches that the minority are underprivileged and oppressed. Yet there are plenty of minorities that would argue that they are not.
Additionally, the Cultural Marxist teaches that the majority are by and large privileged and oppressive. These categories of privileged or oppressive are categories that include but are not limited to the following designations:
- Being a male means you are in class that’s privileged and oppressive.
- Being heterosexual puts you in the majority, which means you are privileged.
- Being cisgender (i.e. your sexual identity corresponds with your birth sex) means that you are in the majority, are privileged, and oppressive as well.
- Being able-bodied means that you are privileged.
- Being white means that you are privileged and oppressive.
- Being Christian means that you are in the majority and represent a privileged and oppressive class as well.
- Being native born.
- Being pretty means you have what’s now being called “pretty privilege”!
- Basically, if you are in the majority on anything, we are considered part of the oppressive and privileged classification. In other words, if you’re not like them, you are on the wrong side.
The Agenda from a Cultural Marxist is to change the majority
- If you’re a heterosexual, you can be a homosexual.
- If you are cisgender, you could become transgender.
- If you’re white, you should seek diversity.
In essence, this view suggests that if you are part of the majority, you are on the wrong side, and furthermore, if you don’t become one of them, you need to affirm them.
CULTURAL MARXISM AND MARRIAGE
While there are many examples of Cultural Marxism, the redefining of marriage is perhaps the biggest example in our generation. As a result of this onslaught of same-sex couples and marriages, many Christians have quickly discovered that it’s not enough to accept them, but they need to embrace them, and affirm them.
I think many of those within this LGBTQ community would tell you there is a difference between accepting them and affirming them. I agree that there is a big difference. For example, this is why you see churches with signs on the marque that read “Open and Affirming”. To be open means that as Christians we accept people right where they are, and even go further and have created an environment and theology that affirm them and their lifestyle choice, gender choice etc.
Churches that call themselves “Open and Affirming” have put their Bibles away. They have “cut/paste” theology. They have cut out what they don’t like, and pasted other ideas into it. This is why it’s so important for the Christian and the Church leaders to be deeply Biblically devoted, dedicated to reading God’s word to see for themselves what it has to say.
Culture has so influenced politics that it has redefined marriage for the first time in thousands of years. And to not support a gay marriage is seen as bigotry or discrimination. There is an increasing amount of pressure from our culture to celebrate and support as a same-sex couples in marriage.
As Christians, we must remember that marriage is that scared institution created by God between one man and one woman, and to celebrate and support a same sex marriage is in conflict, if not in conscience, it’s a conflict in the Bible.
WHAT DO MOSES, JESUS, AND THE APOSTLE PAUL SAY?
The Bible has much to say about what’s known today as the Christian traditional marriage. Jesus taught on the permanency of marriage and refers back to what was written by Moses in Genesis (see Matthew 19:1-12, Genesis 1:27; 2:18, 2:21–23, 5:2,21). Jesus further clarified that marriage was only between one man and one woman. Any reference to same-sex relations is described as sin (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, I Corinthians 6:9-11, Romans 1:26-27, Jude 1:7, I Corinthians 6:9-10, I Timothy 1:10). There are many more passages that list homosexuality as a sin. So, to support and celebrate sin and call it marriage goes against the plain teaching of Scripture.
Paul additionally taught that a man and woman would unite in marriage and become one new flesh, as a reflection of the pattern laid out in Genesis (see Ephesians 5:31, Genesis 2:24).
From the beginning to the end of our Bible, we see the design of marriage between one man and one woman for one life; any deviation from this pattern was not God’s plan for marriage.
AFFIRM OR ACCEPT?
There is no doubt that these challenging times for the Christian. Same-sex married couples want more than to be accepted; rather, they want to be affirmed. If you don’t affirm their lifestyle, many would say that you don’t accept them. And to not accept them means that you reject them.
This is hard for many Christians, especially conservative church leaders. I have had friends in the gay community that I care for and respect as people but disagree with on their lifestyle. We both have agreed to disagree about sexual orientation, marriage, and politics, yet remain friends. As well, I have known other same-sex couples to feel rejected because I wouldn’t affirm their marriage or the idea that they were born gay. So I was told, “If you don’t affirm me, you can’t accept me and you are rejecting me.” That was hard to hear. I called the person, and said, “I care for you, will pray for you, and am glad to be friend, and my door is always open. But I can’t change the truth of scripture. I didn’t write it. It writes me.” It’s not only Christians that struggle with this, but churches all over our country as well.
Many have had to deny church membership to gay and lesbian couples yet have sought to keep the church services and communities open. This is where ministry can get really messy.
In most churches, membership is for those that attend the church and agree to support and submit to church leadership and uphold the unity of the church doctrine.
They grasp the purpose of the church and seek to join the efforts in the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, ministry, and missions.
Yet in most membership classes, there is a presentation of the church’s belief statements. Many of these belief statements include a description on the creation of humanity, explaining how God is the Creator who made male and female.
Due to our culture’s increase in same-sex marriages, many churches have had to go a step further and clarify that God created the institution of marriage being between a man and a woman. This helps the church clarify its belief, allowing those outside of the church to read and understand the church’s belief, and furthermore protects the church from charges of discrimination.
Churches like ours hold open church worship services for all people, regardless of whether they are gay or straight, Christian or non-Christian etc. We even go a step further to ensure that all our volunteers go the extra-mile show hospitality to everyone who walks in our doors.
Yet because we believe in the Bible, we hold membership for those that clearly confess a commitment to Jesus and the local church’s belief statement. We like to say we are inclusive in our relationships but exclusive in truth. To do so promotes unity and protects the church from heresy and division. It also fosters a love for people regardless of their lifestyle or beliefs.
As you look at church history, you see that it’s always been the role of the church to protect truth, to preserve it, and to propagate it. From councils to creeds, there is always the need for churches to protect, preserve, and promote the good news of the Gospel and the Biblical truths in our scriptures. By God’s grace, we live in a country where we have that freedom to do so!
CULTURAL VALUES OR KINGDOM VALUES?
As Christians we can’t live by the cultural values, but rather by kingdom values. We are not of this world, though we are called to live in it; we are not called to live by its culturally accepted values (John 17:15-16).
Furthermore, we must remember that our citizenship is in heaven, not earth (Philippians 3:20). We must do as our Lord Jesus commanded us to do and pray for His Kingdom agenda, plans, and purposes (Matthew 6:10).