What is the Christian Response to “In Diversity there is Strength”?

It is undeniable that certain factions within our culture are maliciously bringing Christ’s words about a divided house to fruition. (“And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” – Mark 3:25) Identity politics has taken root and caused deep fissures within the West. Worse still, it has infected the Body of Christ. Even within the denomination thought to be the most conservative in its theology, the Southern Baptist Convention, certain elements are loudly demanding that the organization adopt identity politics so as to make the group more “inclusive”. (For example, many are now claiming that an individual should be given a position of control and influence simply because they are a woman or of an ethnicity that isn’t white.)

By all appearances, any idea that harps on the concepts of “fairness” and “justice” ought to be supported because it is seemingly Biblical and altruistic – this is what most Christians and not a few sinners believe to be true. However, we must heed Christ’s exhortation to judge with righteous judgment and not by appearances. (John 7:24) The adage holds true – looks can be deceiving. Demagogues know this all too well and exploit it. Hence, the popularization of social justice warriorism within the Christian church.

Writing to the Galatians, Paul declares that in Christ there is no Greek nor Jew, slave nor free, man nor woman. All believers are one in Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-29) Reduced to its essence, Paul’s message is that none ought to seek or be given a place of superiority within Christianity, no matter their ethnicity, condition or sex. The Christian’s identity is conferred unto him by his Savior. (Acts 17:28, 1 Corinthians 12:12)

Therefore, the act of highlighting a person’s or group’s ethnicity, sex or condition within The Faith is a divisive and sinful act, one that is contrary to the Biblical mandate because it exalts a person’s or group’s traits above Christ. True unity within the Body of Christ is not the result of extolling attributes or sub-cultures in order to superficially achieve “equality”, it is the result of faithful adherence to sound doctrine. (Ephesians 4)

Some will attempt to rebuff what has been exposited here by appealing to texts such as 1 Corinthians 12:4 which speak of “diversity”. Matter of factly, such texts make clear that true diversity has no correlation to the so-called diversity promoted by Cultural Marxism. An explanation is in order.

In a Christian context, diversity speaks to the manifold gifts, ministries and activities within the singular Body of Christ. Still, all of these are given by the “same God” (12:4-11) and operate within the same body (12:12-31), under the same core doctrines and principles.

Cultural Marxism is the exact opposite. Under that wretched system there is no unity, only deep division incited by tribalism, since everyone belongs to some monolithic group whose views, interests and grievances diverge wildly from the others. It is also a philosophy that teaches endless struggle, an eternal war by the supposedly oppressed against some imaginary oppressor. There can be no peace.

It becomes evident that the popular Marxist catchphrase “Diversity is strength”, is not only absurd, it is downright idiotic and no Christian should support it. How can there be strength in diversity if different groups of individuals are pulling in different directions? There is no overriding principle that brings cohesion under such a system (if it can even be called a system at all), only conflict.

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