[279] Why Identity?
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[279] Why Identity?

Joe Biden has already stated he will select a woman for Vice President.  And while we are it—preferably a woman of color.  He didn’t mention qualification, political views, character, or anything else.  Stacey Abrams and Kamala Harris meet the “woman of color” criterion.  In the case of Abrams, we have someone whose highest governmental office has been the Alabama state congress.  Harris is a very junior senator, up from being the California Attorney General.  Neither have jaw-dropping resumes.  Yet given Biden’s rickety status, there is a strong likelihood that whomever will be his running mate will become President should Biden cop a win in the fall.  The foregoing is identity politics in its rawest form.

All of this makes sense when we consider the basis of identity politics, something Mary Eberstadt wrote about in her book, Primal Scream: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics.  In the case of women, a part of her thesis is that the sexual revolution contributed to the crumbling of the family, and that it “has reduced the number of men offering affection and companionship of a non-sexual nature—fewer [men to be] counted on to push back against men treating [women] badly.” In short, absent a strong family anchor, people feel the need to congeal in special interest groups, built on similar experiences, looking to these alliances for protection and affirmation.

It does make sense.  Once we pull the God and family identity cornerstones out from the under the individual, the person becomes more prone to look to special interest groups for psychological grounding.

There is a challenge here for the church and the Christian college.  It is to “become a place for those who find themselves alone in the world,” according to Hannah Anderson in Christianity Today (2/19/2020). This means our Christian institutions need to be transformed into relationship centers, because relationships–more than structures and organizations–are not only the priority for Gen X and Gen Z, it is through relationships that we discover who we are.  DC.

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