White, Black, or Other: Give Thanks for Privilege

Whether it is White privilege or any other kind, you should feel grateful to God for it, not guilty.

voddie baucham

An African American pastor wrote, “My sons have far more to fear from making bad choices than they have to fear from the police.”

At first I thought he might have a naïve view of what happens in some cases with the police. As anyone who reads this blog knows, abuse of authority and unjustified violence should be a big concern to conservatives. But when I read the whole essay by Pastor Voddie Baucham, it is patently obvious that he has learned about abuse of authority. (He simply refuses to stereotype all police officers—which sounds pretty reasonable in a media culture that condemns “profiling.”)

[See also, “Grateful TO WHOM? Atheists & The Thanksgiving Holiday.”]

And the fact is, when it comes to raising our children, his statement is so true. In fact, we should extrapolate a bit as “Tea Party Conservatives” or whatever:

Our children have far more to fear from making bad choices than they have to fear from the NSA, the mainstream media, the TSA, and even a Democrat majority.

We really can and do destroy ourselves. And the easiest path toward that end is to be naive about our own power to do so—or to be distracted by monsters in the world so that you don’t watch the one closest to you.

[See also, “Thanksgiving: Time To Reflect How Easily Liberty Dies.”]

Our children need to learn our values not only at the level of seeing the political problems they face, but also being able to navigate their lives. If resentment of injustice leads them to destruction, how does that help them or society?

And, likewise, we need to teach children of all colors to be thankful for what privilege they have rather than to feel guilty about it or resentful of others. Pastor Baucham also wrote:

I don’t care what advantages my white neighbor may or may not have. If he does have advantages, God bless him! I no more fault him than I fault my own children who have tremendous advantages due to the fact that they were raised by two educated, Christian parents who loved, disciplined, and taught them. Ironically, when I think about THAT advantage, I am filled with joy and gratitude to God for his faithfulness. People are supposed to bequeath an advantage to their children and grandchildren (Prov. 13:22). Why, then, would I be angry with my white neighbor for any advantage he is purported to have? And what good would it do? How does that advance the gospel? Especially in light of the fact that growing up with the gospel is the ultimate privilege/advantage! It is the advantage that has granted us all “American privilege”! Are we guilty for being citizens of the wealthiest republic in the history of the world? I think not!

This may explain why Liberals don’t like Thanksgiving anymore. It celebrates what they think we should feel guilty about. It institutionalizes thanking God for things that they insist justify rioting for others.