When Covid Pandemic started, we knew one thing for sure. Sooner or later, this Covid virus will come to your neighborhood. When Progressive Pandemic started, we knew one thing for sure. Sooner or later, this Progressive ideology will come to your neighborhood. Now it is taking over one of the best Christian institutions in the world, Wheaton College.
So, let us go to Wheaton College today. I was there a few times and it had a pleasant college atmosphere. It looks like it is getting rattled recently. Wheaton president Philip Ryken announced this week that a plaque honoring Jim Elliot and his four associates has been taken down from the campus chapel.
Why? Because the plaque has the words,
“For generations all strangers were killed by these savage indians.”
Wheaton President Ryken said, “the term “savage” is a pejorative term and “has been used historically to dehumanize and mistreat indigenous peoples around the world”
Any descriptions on our campus of people or people groups should reflect the full dignity of human beings made in the image of God.”
There is so much to unpack here so please bear with me. The plaque was there to honor the great missionaries Jim Elliott and his friends who lost their lives in the hands of the people they were trying to reach for Christ.
First question, did the missionaries dehumanize foreign tribes? A very vicious lie is being propagated against the great Missionary movement. They dehumanized their recipient tribes.
The missionaries did not dehumanize any indigenous tribes. They actually rehumanized them. It is Darwinism that dehumanized Non-Western people. Darwin while visiting South America, Tierra del Fuego to be specific, said the indigenous people are like missing links between apes and true humans and in the struggle for survival they are stamped for elimination. Christian missionaries did not buy that argument. They believed that all human beings were created in the image of God. They came from one blood as Apostle Paul told in Acts chapter 17.
Missionaries took the Great Commission seriously: Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Matthew 28:19
They looked at the foreign lands and said, ‘these are the people made in the image of God. These are the people for whom our Lord Jesus Christ shed his holy blood on the cross. Let us go and tell them the good news of the gospel.’
The missionaries did not believe in White Supremacy. They believed in Christ Supremacy. The Bible teaches the supremacy of Christ. Jesus said so eloquently in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father except through me’. Apostle Peter told, ‘Jesus Christ is the Lord of all’ (Acts 10:36). He is the Lord of all people, Jews and Gentiles, no exceptions. Apostle Paul told, ‘that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11). The missionaries believed in Christ supremacy, not white supremacy. They actually humanized the foreign tribes they were trying to reach for Christ.
“For generations all strangers were killed by these savage indians.”
That was a true statement. Who is a savage? Who is a savage? Every human tribe was savage before the heavenly light of our Lord Jesus Christ shed upon them.
Look at the Greeks…before Christianity they prided in sexual debauchery, and exposure of their infant babies to the wild nature.
Look at the Romans, before Christianity they shamelessly practiced slavery. It was Christians who made them stop the savagery of gladiatorial games in their colosseums.
Look at the Vikings. Killings, rapes, pillage and plunder were their daily activities.
Look at the Celts. Before missionaries like St.Patrick went to preach in places like Ireland, the Celts were practicing human sacrifice. These European tribes were barbaric before they got Christianized. When these Christianized Europeans looked at other lands, they told themselves, ‘We changed. Now, let us go and change other tribes’.
Jim Elliot and his friends were trying to reach the tribes in Ecuador. I visited Ecuador. Even today there are tribes which are very cruel to strangers. Anthropologists have been digging in many places in South America and they found very barbaric practices like cannibalism and mass burials of children and young people in the temples of Inca gods or Aztec gods.
When I was living in India, I saw human sacrifice in the town I was born. For millennia, in the Sati system, widows were burnt alive on the funeral pyres of their dead husbands, live babies were thrown into the Holy Ganges River for the purification of sins, and young virgins were turned into temple prostitution.
Human sacrifice was rampant in India before gospel came. A Christian missionary named John Kemp from Canada came to my town and preached the gospel.
I got saved and he baptized me. His message was, ‘for there’s no difference. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’ (Romans 3:23).
In the Bible, God called Assyrians the savages because they would go to a town, rape the women, kill the people, decapitate them and gather their skulls like big mounds.
God called them savages because they were. God sent Jonah as a missionary to Assyrians. If God were to put a plaque for Jonah, he would write “For generations all strangers were killed by these savage Assyrians.”
When we leave God’s Word, we will become savages again. White, black, brown, yellow….we were all savages before Christ came into our lives. Look at Europe today. They are bringing back prostitution, pedophilia, homosexuality, guilt free drug use, third trimester abortions, euthanasia, even infanticide.
As they become post-Christian, their pre-Christian savagery has been coming back. So, we were all savages before Christianity came to us.
The people who put the Jim Elliot plaque were not dehumanizing any indigenous tribes. They were just stating the facts.
How did we come to this point?
It started with Cultural Marxism. Later it became cultural relativism. The most famous figure in this movement was Franz Boas. Franz Boas went to northern Canada from Germany and conducted his research among the Inuit Indians on Baffin Island. He concluded, ‘no culture is greater or lesser than others. There is no objective standard to rank cultures.’ He gave us cultural relativism which became the founding doctrine of the Progressive movement. But you see, when the Holocaust started, Franz Boas, who was Jewish condemned what the Nazis were doing in Germany. The Nazis responded to him, ‘Hello Franz, don’t you teach that all cultures are relative? Why are you criticizing Nazi culture? The Nazis gave him a taste of his own medicine. Starting from Franz Boas, every cultural relativist has been living in that contradiction. If no culture is better or worse than others, why are you calling the Nazis evil?
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken came from a family of Holocaust survivors. He got a rude awakening last week. He and his associates went to Anchorage, Alaska to meet their Chinese counterparts. They went there with their central premise: America is no better than any other nation. We are removing our statues, our history books, our movies, our Dr.Seuss books. We are no better than any other culture.’
Now, China, what you are doing to people in Xinjiang, Taiwan and Hong Kong is evil. Close down those concentration camps you built for Uighur Muslims.’
The Chinese are not stupid. They gave these Progressives a taste of their own medicine. They asked, ‘If your culture is so bad, what right do you have to criticize our culture?’ ‘Don’t you believe in cultural relativism? If you do, how can you criticize any other culture?’ ‘How can you call us a savage when you are a savage?’
Antony Blinken was speechless. He was not able to say, ‘Our Christian culture is better than your Communist atheist culture’. While the whole world was watching, the Progressives got a rude awakening. If you hate your own culture, you lose all legitimacy to criticize other nations.
Ronald Reagan stood at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and called on the Soviet regime :Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. He had such confidence because he believed in objective moral standards. He believed that Christian values are superior to other values. We don’t see such confidence in today’s leaders because they believe all cultures are the same.
This cultural relativism transformed into religious pluralism and poisoned our churches. ‘No culture is better than other cultures. No religion is better than other religions.’ How many of these people would like to live in Iran or Saudi Arabia or Egypt? Cultures which promote female genital mutilation, is that not savagery?
So the point is there is nothing racist about Jim Elliot’s plaque. It’s more about ideology than race. Christian ideology is better than non-Christian ideologies.
The progressives won’t be satisfied after you remove the word ‘savage’. Then they demand to remove the entire plaque because they think the whole missionary movement is white supremacy. These plaques are like the artifacts in a museum. We don’t have to look at them from a moral dimension. They only have a historical value.
So, Wheaton College, stop your madness. Don’t change anything. Let the plaque stay in its place as it was before.
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