Pastor Mark Anderson
Incoherent and irresponsible tampering with language is becoming the new norm in the current hysterical environment of ideological manipulation. But it is nothing new.
Consider the following quote taken from the ELCA’s website section on “Mission and Vision” under the title, ‘Inclusion and Diversity”:
“We are a church that does not view diversity (italics mine) as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society…”
Apparently no one at ELCA headquarters notices that diversity and equity are mutually exclusive. You can have one or the other but not both. No matter. Because logic and consistency are irrelevant here, just as they are when these terms are used by many in the wider culture. There is something else going on.
The ELCA began its life by saddling itself with the demand for quotas, a primary instrument taken from the equity toolbox. Sprinkling committees here, there and everywhere with the proper balances of sexes and ethnic representation would set the world right and lead toward the Elysian paradise of utopian wonderfulness. But this move, cloaked as it has been in ‘Lutheran nice’, is covering something. What drives the use of such language is anything but a concern for sound, Lutheran theology. These are ideological terms loaded with the freight of post-modern, neo-Marxist assumptions.
The example of quotas is but one instance of the tendency of social engineers within the church to force changes which, in their perception, are fouling up the progress of the equity doctrine. The twentieth century gave us all a front row seat to observe what happens when the drive for equity is unleashed and unrestrained. Millions were coerced, bullied and terrorized in the name of equity. That such strong arm tactics should find their way into the politics of sinful people is a grim reality of history. That we see them increasingly fostered in the life of Christ’s Church should alert us to an encroaching danger. The equity warriors, cloaked in their albs and chasubles, and convinced of their moral superiority, are determined, very determined, to bring us all into line.