Well, this is unnecessary. George Washington University is hosting a seminar on “Christian Privilege” to discuss the “unmerited perks” that we Christians get.
I’m eager to learn what sort of perks Christianity entails, because if there’s a discount at Chick-fil-A I’ve been missing out on, I’ll be SO upset.
GW says the seminar will talk specifically about white Christian privilege. Well, isn’t that convenient? Shrinking the topic makes it much easier for the administrators to claim that Christians are privileged. It’d be patently absurd to talk about the Christians in Mosul who, months ago, were suffering under ISIS rule. Same goes for the Christians in China who are routinely jailed on false pretenses. Practicing Christianity in North Korea is punishable by death. In Saudi Arabia, Christians are banned from practicing openly AND from possessing items related to Christian worship. Ask any of these people about their Christian privilege, why don’t you.
This seminar’s gripe is with American Christians, who – compared to those in other countries – have it pretty good. The First Amendment protects our right to free exercise of religion. Most Americans are Christian, so everyone’s “winter break” includes Christmas. December is full of Santas and Christmas trees so, sure, it’s probably kind of a bummer for those who don’t celebrate. Hallmark makes Christmas movies, but not Hannukah or Eid movies.
Here are the downsides: We get mocked openly by the media, our faith is not welcome in schools, and our taxes still fund Planned Parenthood. (Imagine the government taxing Muslims and Jews to fund barbecue restaurants. I know, I know, it’s not the same…nobody gets killed at a barbecue restaurant.)
Only one major world religion doesn’t get made fun of or criticized. I’ll give you a hint: it’s not Christianity or Judaism.
This is not to say that all Christians are without fault. Part of the gig is accepting that you are a sinner. But certainly, there are Christians who use their faith as an excuse to walk around with a “holier-than-thou” attitude. There are the prosperity Gospel preachers who get rich using a warped interpretation of faith to prey on the vulnerable. There is good and bad in every group of people, and it doesn’t make the whole group privileged or victims.
There is exactly one Christian privilege, and it is this: a personal relationship with God who sent his Son to die on a cross so that we might be saved from our sins. GW could spare the time and expense of the seminar by simply telling everyone to read John 3:16. There’s your Christian privilege. It’s great, and it is available to everyone. We hope you’ll join us.