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The Cancel Culture: Crucify Him Again

Jun 23, 2020

Now the radicals are demanding that Christian imagery and monuments come down as well:

The radical secular left’s assault on the West is now in full swing, and it is clear that this is an all-out war. It is a war not only on Western Civilisation, but what gave birth to it: Christianity. Anyone even remotely aware of this war would have known from day one that the ultimate end game of these folks is the complete overthrow of all vestiges of Christianity and Christ.

So we have not just statues and monuments of supposed racists being torn down and destroyed. We not only have statues of all those who helped to found America, be they Columbus or Washington or Jefferson. We not only have the defacing and destruction of statues of Captain Cook in Australia. We now have calls to destroy images of Christ on the cross. More on that in a moment.

And of course hot on the heels of these things will be demands for all Bibles to be burned and all churches to be closed or obliterated. We KNOW this is coming. Such is the hatred of the left for the West and its Christian past. It reminds me of a line from George Orwell: “He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.”

Much can be said about all this, but I need to make some prefatory remarks. First, while no one knows exactly what Jesus looked like, he was a Galilean Jew. As such, he quite likely was not a white guy with blond hair and blue eyes! Somewhat darker skin, perhaps with curly hair, might be one guess as to his appearance. So when folks call for the end of images of Christ because they are somehow racist, they need to get a life.

Second, this article is not the place for yet more sectarian warfare. Some Catholics and Protestants will have a go at each other over the matter of images and icons. But the discussion can be complex, and is much more involved than some might think. And Protestants themselves differ on how we are to understand things like the Second Commandment. See more on this here: billmuehlenberg.com/2019/04/28/on-iconoclasm-part-one/

And third, some folks have already claimed that when radical lefties – be they from Antifa or Black lives Matter – destroy statues and images, they are doing the same as older iconoclasts in church history. Um no, not at all. Apples and oranges.

The iconoclasm controversies of the early church were fully theological and biblical in nature, and in part determined not just differences between Catholics and Protestants, but Catholics and the Orthodox as well (or Western and Eastern Christians). Numerous issues arose, including whether images and icons were being worshipped and so on.

But the destruction of statues by the far left today has nothing to do with this. It is all about cancel culture and the left’s hatred of America, the West, and Christianity. The revolutionary mobs pulling down these statues are not doing this out of concern to worship God properly but because it is part of their Marxist assault on Western values, ideals and history.

And since Christianity has been the cornerstone of Western Civilisation, then of course that has to go as well. So let me briefly look at the latest cases of leftist rage and anti-Christian bigotry, and then conclude with some biblical reflections on all this.

One article says this about the latest madness:

It began with Confederate generals and quickly escalated to Columbus and former US presidents; now the monument-removal crusade has come for Jesus, with racial activist Shaun King insisting his depictions are ‘racist propaganda.’ “Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” King tweeted on Monday. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.”

He also argued that all “murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down,” calling them “a gross form white supremacy… tools of oppression [and] Racist propaganda.” King is no fringe figure, either – the well-known racial justice activist rose to prominence through the Black Lives Matter movement and most recently served as a surrogate for Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who sought the Democrat presidential nomination. His tweets came just a day after conservative pundits predicted the statue-smashing spree would come after Jesus. www.rt.com/usa/492639-shaun-king-jesus-racist/

Another write-up put it this way:

“Yes I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been,” King tweeted. “In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down.” King followed the post up with another, saying that “white Jesus is a lie” and a “tool of white supremacy” created to help white people use Christianity as a “tool of oppression. He added that white people would never have accepted a religion “from a Brown man.”

King then tweeted support from taking down all imagery, including “murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends.” Far-left activist Shaun King on Monday said all images depicting Jesus as a “white European” should be torn down because they are a form of “white supremacy.” King made his remarks over a series of Twitter posts as historic monuments and statues have become the targets of anger and vandalism during Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody late last month. www.foxnews.com/media/shaun-king-jesus-christ-statues-white-supremacy

And of course we are not just seeing calls for this to happen, We are seeing actual attacks on churches and religious monuments. Consider just the latest example:

Protestors pulled down and desecrated statues of Catholic missionary St. Junipero Serra in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, after local authorities in Los Angeles approved the removal of another of his statues outside Ventura City Hall. Serra, a Spanish Franciscan missionary to the United States, helped to found nine missions in California in the late eighteenth century. www.lifesitenews.com/news/far-left-protestors-destroy-statues-of-missionary-saint-in-california

Sadly all this is not just being done by the rioting mobs. Too often radical left politicians and leaders are demanding the very same thing. Consider this absolute shocker from Boston:

The mayor of Boston supports calls to remove a statue in tribute to President Abraham Lincoln as the “Great Emancipator.” Mayor Marty Walsh, who designated racism as a public health crisis in the city of Boston, is in favor of removing a statue of Lincoln that has stood for over 100 years in the city’s Park Square. Walsh’s office told the Boston Globe last week that it hopes to recommission that statue into one that “recognizes equality” and is investigating what processes the city would need to undergo to remove it. The statue depicts Lincoln with one arm extended above a freed slave with broken shackles, symbolizing that, by Lincoln’s hand, the institution of slavery was broken. The inscription on the statue reads, “A race set free and the country at peace. Lincoln rests from his labors.” www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/boston-mayor-in-favor-of-removing-citys-abraham-lincoln-statue

Today it is Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Tomorrow it will be – who knows? Any old white guy is now fair game. And Christians both past and present will especially be increasingly targeted. There are no surprises here.

Indeed, anyone following where all this revolution, lawlessness and anarchy has been heading would have fully expected this. And the calls will simply increase, become more strident, and encompass more of Christianity. Churches, Christian schools, Bibles and church leaders will all be in the crosshairs.

This really is a diabolical assault on the Christian faith. Indeed, simply notice how Islam is not being targeted here. Buddhists are not being threatened. Hindus are not the subject of such attacks. It is always Christianity that has got the militants incensed.

No biblical Christian should at all be surprised about this. Satan only hates the One True God and Christianity above all else. He is more than happy to see Islam or Hinduism flourish. He knows that they are not bringing people into a saving relationship with God. Indeed, they are leading people away from God. Not all religions are the same, and not all point to the One True God.

So Satan knows who to target. As I wrote in an earlier piece, the devil’s fingerprints are all over this rioting and looting and destruction: “We need to be aware of the spiritual battles taking place here. What do we see in all this rioting? We see theft, we see killing, and we see destruction. What did Jesus say about the devil in John 10:10? He said this: ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’.” billmuehlenberg.com/2020/05/31/on-the-george-floyd-rioting/

And leaving aside biblical and theological considerations, the idiocy of these protestors and rioters is just staggering. Just about everything they are utilising as they spread their revolution is the product of Western civilisation, and often white Western Civilisation. Whether their smartphones or computers or cars or what have you, these are products of the West that they so much hate.

And it would at least be nice if they were a bit more consistent here. As American conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey righty stated, “Since we’re dismantling anything built by white supremacists I guess it’s time to get rid of Planned Parenthood.”

While I am at it, let me offer a few more quotes from the Christian Stuckey:

“Cancel Culture would end immediately if everyone took Jesus’s advice: ‘Let he who has not sinned be the one to throw the first stone’.”

“The Venn diagram of people defacing statues in the name of fighting racism, people who support the slaughter of unborn black babies, and people who can’t see irony is a perfect circle.”

“When you elevate victimhood as virtue, you will create a culture in which people are tripping over themselves to be oppressed.”

“If the statue topplers were really doing so because of outrage over slavery, they’d also be outraged by Marx and Lenin, whose ideas led to the objectification and slaughter of millions. But they don’t – they worship them. Again, this is about hatred of the West, not hatred of sin.”

The only thing sadder than the moral and mental meltdown of the revolutionaries and anarchists is the number of clueless Christians who have actually sided with them and have sought to defend their actions. Maybe when it is THEIR churches that are burned to the ground they might wake up. But I won’t hold my breath on that one either.

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12 Responses to The Cancel Culture: Crucify Him Again

  • Wow, this is diabolical. I know God is calling Christians to get serious and get on their hands and knees and repent before the Almighty God. And a bit of spiritual warfare will not go astray! This is no time to be slack. I just picked up Derek Prince’s book, “Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting” just moments ago and he begins the book with Lincoln’s Proclamation for a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer. We are the salt of the earth and have the means to hold back the forces of evil by the power of our Almighty God if we would so humble ourselves.

  • They are not attacking other faiths outside Christianity because Christianity is the powerhouse and basis of our democracy. The other reason for not attacking Islam is because most, if not all those losers would have a permanent smile just under their chin.
    John Abbott

  • My heart aches for America’s children & for young adults trying to raise their off spring in a culture that is so hateful to the white race. If it continues at this speed it will not only be difficult but very dangerous. Our young not only face the complexity of homosexuality, transgender & now white tyranny, but we no longer have pastors or church leaders to teach children to stay away from these harmful & sinful lifestyles. The Lord has given us some reprieve through Donald Trump – God willing he gets back in – in November 2020. I have heard there is going to be a Trump Dynasty & possibly a Jr. Jr. ticket with Donald Trump Jr. & John Kennedy Jr. I know what your thinking but I believe he is still alive & no I’m not a conspiracy theorist but it’s just too believable after reading some accounts. Their 3 bodies were cremated 24 hours after they were found in the ocean and no autopsy was done.
    Hmmm? John Kennedy Jr. knew there was a contract out on his life and he was running for the senate against Killery Hillery. And yes, I believe Elvis is still alive but that’s another story.

    Thanks again Bill for your excellent articles & keeping the fires of His heart burning for our nations.

  • “….As such, he quite likely was not a white guy with blond hair and blue eyes! Somewhat darker skin, perhaps with curly hair, might be one guess as to his appearance…..”

    That’s a point that I’ve been banging on about Bill on the topic of racism, BLM and the like, and I usually start it with “via Africa the Church will go back to being black” the looks I then get are priceless, and that’s before I remind people about Jesus from Galilee, then they are embarrassed as they’ve never given any thought to the matter……just followed others…..

    Anzacs at Gallipoli also started the ending of the Ottoman Empire, the last muslim caliphate. I suppose now ANZAC day also has to go due to racism and islamophobia — as these ANZAC soldiers are now ‘Crusaders’ – are they not?

    The world has gone mad Bill.

    God Bless Bill and thanks again for all your good work.

  • A picture doing the the rounds of Facebook, shows a man wearing a T-shirt saying “If Jesus returns, kill him!” 🙁
    Somehow I don’t fancy their chances of success.
    They have 2 chances – Buckley’s and zero.

  • Thanks Bill, I wish we could send these rioters to another country, planet or lsland. If they don’t like America, UK, Australia etc put them on a cruise ship or vacant airplane and move them out to say the deserts or wilderness of Africa, China or just put them on an island and see if they survive – a bit like that terrible book we had to read in high school called ‘Lord of the Flies.’ At least they can learn to catch fish to eat on an island and not kill all the wildlife.
    They don’t seem to know any history or value what has given them life. What have our schools and universities produced or what have we let into our countries? No wonder Gladys Berejiklian is looking at revamping the NSW curriculum.
    I think most people have had enough of these rioters – they are on the nose.
    My opinion above is not helping the problem but our country state and federal leaders sure have to answer why all this is happening and starting at what our young people are learning or not learning is a good start.

  • Replying to
    @shaunking
    Is there nothing better for you to be doing to help those who have been neglected or mistreated due to discrimination than to beat up on statues? Go build something instead, like Don Stephens did. Real progress takes hard work. Up to it?

  • Dear Bill, Thank you for the article. The communists tore down the crosses on the onion domes on the lovely orthodox Russian churches during the Russian Revolution and it looks like it has started again this time in the US. I am afraid it will be the Catholic church they will pick on most to make their point because statues are part of the Catholic tradition. They will also start calling for the renaming of cities in the US because a lot of them have names relating to Christianity. They are pure evil.

  • Thanks Bill, this is so fast moving, I was very pleased to see your very thorough article on this.
    Dr Steve Turley may be a follower of Culture Watch for he echoes a lot of what you have said.
    His video adds some hope into this terrible set of happenings that we are seeing unfold.
    Russia is 30plus years ahead of the West.

  • Shocking but ultimately not surprising. I would like to point out that the statues of people who were slavers were most likely erected because of their noteworthy deeds (not because they were involved in slavery). It must be remembered that those men were born in a different time to ours when there was a different culture. Slavery was just one aspect of these men’s lives. Unfortunately the left seems to be ignoring this.

  • Marx, Hitler, Stalin, Margaret Sanger were influenced by Charles Darwin and his, “Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”.

    The reconstruction of history is hypocritical.

    https://wp.me/p18XRh-4CV

  • Margaret Sanger’s legacy of racism and ‘elimination of the unfit’

    “While liberals praise Planned Parenthood for its contributions to the health of women, no one seems eager to discuss the organization’s origin or its racist founder, eugenics advocate, Margaret Sanger.

    The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, openly admitted the purpose of her work when she spoke to the Democrat Party’s KKK rally in New Jersey back in 1926. It was to apply the science of “eugenics” to Blacks (as later explained and admitted in her 1938 auto-biography).”

    https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/opinion/cc-op-sprinkle-010420-20200104-opc3c76o4na47mtdtun4nvqw3y-story.html

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