Below is an assignment for a class I just started. I will most likely be starting a new blog for class purposes with a couple of classmates, so I won’t be cluttering up this (largely) unused space with class-talk that may or may not be important to you, dear readers. Please, continue to keep it real.
Easy to get upset about modernity’s dirty underwear forced onto locals naked bodies to cover the human (dare I say God-given?) parts that we in the West like to suppress, harder to see the underlying reality in more (post)modern approaches: that our religious attempts at civilizing savage local communities is still lingering in desperate ways.
We invade Iraq because we have democracy that “they” don’t. We make the biblical message “relevant” because it is the best of the holy texts out there. We film Africans in desperate situations of poverty and war that need our help. I’m not arguing for less help or a dis-engagement. I’m just concerned that we acknowledge the lingering colonial attitude, the economic imperialism, the religious arrogance. We, Christians in America, still think that we are “the best” the free world has to offer. Our more openly violent brothers and sisters from years gone by were simply open about their superiority complex.