There is this little principle I try to follow that helps me sort through the rubbish and get to the heart of the matter, “name the names.” I actually could care less about naming anything publicly, I refer mostly to naming it in your own brain.
For example, allegedly there was this massive insurrection on Jan 6 in DC and the blood of the multitudes who were slain deserve justice. Can you name them? The victims of all this violence? Do they have a face, do they have a name?
They do not, because they do not even exist.
Ashli Babbitt was the only casualty that day and she was killed in an accident or a tragedy or a mistake by a cop.
Seeking justice for all those killed on Jan 6 has got to be one of the most chilling lies and deceptions I’ve ever born witness to. It’s chilling because we have a completely manufactured bit of mediated reality, a complete lie that people have bought hook, line, and sinker having no basis in truth.
Can you tell me who died? Can you name the victims? One simply cannot declare a crime was committed without a body or at least a missing persons report.
They do not even exist. Yep, they are complete figments of people’s imaginations. That is really scary to me because it means we can now convict people of a crime that didn’t even happen.
This is also how we often behave in our personal lives. We invent or conjure up this massive imaginary enemy like, black people, white people, or men, rather than simply speaking the personal facts and naming names. It’s a very dangerous mindset to get into. We dehumanize our imaginary enemy and we then use that as justification for all manner of injustice we then proceed to commit against them.
If, “all men are rapists” and you then put one on trial, he is just guilty by default and the facts be darned. Heck, we don’t even need to name a victim. If all Jews are subhuman, dangerous and a threat to the fatherland, then soon you don’t even need to name names or specify a crime anymore. They are already guilty by virtue of association and identity and they have no individual humanity.
This dehumanization and reduction of the perceived enemy to being guilty by association due to their perceived membership in some kind of monolithic group, is what lurks at the root of racism, sexism, and ultimately assorted forms of historical genocide.
I am deeply disappointed that several Christians of all people, are missing the boat on this rather blatant and obvious truth. I am disappointed because I think it is a really clear Biblical principle. Just for starters, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” So anytime you start to feel as if there is some major division, some significant separation between you and another member of humanity, we really need to soften our heart and turn to Jesus.