That verse about turning the other cheek gives Christians a lot of trouble in interpretation. Here’s a unbelieving neonazi’s take on it:
However, what he and other White nationalists regrettably fail to see is that a “Racialist Christianity” is an oxymoron.
Here’s Saint Paul to give the final word on the question (Galatians 3:28): “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
In passages like this (not to mention many others throughout the New Testament, specially the several ones where Jesus violently attacks the rich in a way that would have made Karl Marx sound like an elitist) you have the real seeds of the French revolution, Communism and modern Liberalism. For God’s sake, this is avant-garde Egalitarianism writ large!
I wonder what part our “Christian race realist” friends don’t understand in the sentence “There is neither Jew nor Gentile… for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” After all, if we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, how can someone in his own mind argue against racial intermixing, for example?
Matt seems to claim that Medieval Christianity was not afflicted by the modern mainstream Christian attitude towards the racial question. That’s true, but the point is: was it so due to Christianity or in spite of it?
The fact of the matter is that the Christian ethos is so out of touch with reality, so fundamentally impractical that a number of compromises had to be made by the European peoples on which it was imposed over time so it could be rendered minimally functional.
Any society that wished to take suicidal teachings like “Turn the other cheek” or “Resist not Evil” seriously would be enslaved overnight; a society that wished to take at face value teachings preaching that the rich will almost certainly be sentenced to Hell and that one should not worry about tomorrow but rather one should give everything away to the poor—a society that had gone insane enough to implement such ideas would implode almost immediately.
A Response to Parrot
This ought to raise some very important questions in your mind. What it comes down to is this: Do you believe Jesus Christ is the son of God? If you do, you must accept his teaching whether it’s practical or not, because you believe that the consequences in the next life are more important than the consequences in this life.
This pot is ready to boil over in a couple of decades, and a lot of people are going to die. I know you probably just want to leave well enough alone and start a family and a career, but that’s just the way it is. Consider it a luxury that you have time to prepare your soul.
If it’s practical advice you want…I hear that an almost surefire way to survive wars, totalitarianism, and other SHTF scenarios is to be ready to relocate (with caveats for massively destructive weapons and surveillance).
But if it’s Christian advice you want…throw out your commentaries. Jesus was quite clear and requires no commentary to make his teachings compatible with practical living because his teachings were impractical. None of that health and wealth gospel bullshit:
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’