A look at 'Christian privilege'

Monday, June 22, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

aiming at BibleA policy analyst is both amused and alarmed by a study out of the University of Illinois that tries to make the case that Christians oppose homosexual rights because they're hungry for social and political power.

The authors asked a cohort of students their "thoughts and attitudes about Christian privilege and power in American society" and if that accounts for their opposition to what the study calls "rights and protection" for sexual and gender minorities.

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, is both alarmed and amused by the claims.

"This was the first time I'd actually heard someone use the term Christian privilege – the idea that somehow Christians have advantages in society that others don't," he tells OneNewsNow.

Sprigg says the premise of the study -- the authors' use of terms like privilege, whiteness, and social justice -- betrays their socialist worldview.

Sprigg

"Ultimately, I think it's trying to pound a square peg into a round hole, because they've really missed the point of what Christian teaching of sexual issues is about," he submits.

Not surprisingly, the study found that support for Christian hegemony – or dominance – and unawareness of Christian privilege help to explain the association between Christians and opposition to homosexual rights.

"Some people may think, 'Well, if we believe that we would like everyone to become a Christian, then that's a belief in Christian hegemony, as they call it. … If Christian hegemony means a desire that all may come to know Christ, then, yes, we plead guilty to that.'"

But the Christian motive, Sprigg adds, is not a desire for political or social power in this life.

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