Culture is Neither White Nor Black

I regularly read and hear discussions on various ethnic cultures. Usually the stress of the discussion is on the superiority of the Anglo/Celtic/European over the others. But “white supremacy” is a red herring. It is intended by the enemies of liberty to defeat and discredit those who are working to see independent southern States.

Culture has nothing to do with ethnicity nor race nor ancestral homelands. Culture is not white or black, or red or yellow, or polka-dotted! Culture is simply this – “culture is religion externalized.” The culture of a people is not defined by their principle occupation nor by their ancestry. Rather, the culture of a people is defined by their corporate faith.

Culture has as its root the Latin cultus, which also surfaces in the English language in the word “cultivation” and the simple word “cult.” When the Vanderbilt Agrarians wrote of the simplicity and order of returning to the soil, they were really speaking of the unassuming and underlying Christian faith culture of the inhabitants of the South. When people speak of Anglo-Celtic heritage, they are not referencing painting faces for battle nor dressing in kilts but of the quiet and resolute faith of John Knox’s Kirk.

The dominant religion in the South is orthodox, trinitarian Christianity. We received that religion from our Anglo/Celtic/European ancestors, but Christianity is not intrinsically European. If the apostle Paul, in leaving Antioch, had made a right turn toward Asia instead of a left turn toward Greece, the celebration would be of the superior eastern or African peoples. The great painters, composers, authors, and inventers would have been yellow or dark-skinned, not white. This continent would have been settled by Chinese or Indians (the ones actually from India).  The tribes of Europe were pagan, war mongering, and not interesting in the discovery of new lands nor the advancement of the arts until they were introduced to Christianity.

Recently, I saw a television advertisement for a program called “Counter Culture.” It gave semi-second glimpses of a variety of activities and events, but I was both amused and disheartened as I realized that the only thing which is counter to our current culture is biblical Christianity.

The decline of excellence in the cultural expressions in the South (as well as elsewhere) can be directly related to the decline in adherence to orthodox Christianity. In Essays on Christian Education, Cornelius Van Til rhetorically asked, “When can a culture be said to be Christian?” He responds that a culture will have the same identifiers as a “good work.”  “A work that is pleasing to God, is one (1) that is done to his glory, (2) that is done according to the standard of the work of God, and (3) whose motivation springs from faith.”

The dominant faith is the central hub of a community and rotating as spokes of a wheel from that hub are: family; business/finance; civil government/politics; media—TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, newsletters; justice—courts & police; mores/morality; education, etc.

The Southern National Congress is not a Christian evangelistic organization. But while allowing all to believe as they will, we must be aware of the undeniable and unavoidable thread of Christianity which flows throughout the culture which we desire to see established again on this continent.

The element of Christianity which can be promoted by all, regardless of creed, is that principle of self-government. Each man (and woman) has the responsibility before God to govern their own actions. The Bible asks the rhetorical question, “How can a man govern the church if he cannot govern his own family?” We should be even more basic by asking, “How can a man govern anyone else, in business, church or politics, if he cannot govern himself?”

If men will not govern themselves, they are doomed to the dictates of tyrants. Since any influence of authority flows from the center out, and each man’s authority must begin with governing himself, the next step is a focus on local government. It is not the presidency which is important, nor is it the governor’s mansion, but the men who fill the offices of mayor and alderman, county executive and commissioner, and sheriff. These should be our focus.

David O Jones, Chairman

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