Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Opus 2024-050: DEI theology

We all have been seeing meme posters where artificial intelligence has been creating pictures that are historical nonsense.  Think of Henry the VIII as a black man.  The same has been done with Elizabeth I, George Washington and so forth.  They have redone portraits of Hannibal so that he has decidedly black African features.  This is based on the ignorance of history and geography.  Hannibal was from Carthage on the north coast of Africa.  While he probably was not a blond, blue eyed Vandal, I think it was too early in history for that, he was at darkest a Palestinian.  

This is not totally new.  If you were to go to the churches of Ethiopia you would find that the murals on the wall have a black Jesus and black disciples and so forth.  I have no trouble with that.  I understand you see the same pattern in Asia.  When you look at renaissance art of Bible stories you see people dressed in renaissance clothing.  This is a natural thing for people who want to feel at home and comfortable.  In itself it is not evil.  It becomes evil as a tool of political correctness.

If you need to make Hannibal black, more power to you.  There is at least the possibility that his DNA would show some black African.  If you are black and your name is O’Toole and you want to make Saint Patrick black, enjoy yourself.  At least we know that Patrick was a slave at one point and your social theology says only black people were slaves.  It makes a kind of sense.

That being said, please don’t let your insecurity and ignorance portray Abraham Lincoln or George Patton as black.  If you embrace that you are embracing a lie and once you start down that path there is no heading you off.

This nonsense will only stop if we speak up when we see blatant ignorance.  Do it gently if you can but make sure you have a get away plan formed ahead of time.  These people do not like the truth or anyone who speaks truth.

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