in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty | \ ˌin-tər-ˌsek-shə-ˈna-lə-tē \
: the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups
//[Kimberlé] Crenshaw introduced the theory of intersectionality, the idea that when it comes to thinking about how inequalities persist, categories like gender, race, and class are best understood as overlapping and mutually constitutive rather than isolated and distinct.
— Adia Harvey Wingfiel
What are identity politics and intersectionality all about? Becoming a victim, but why would anyone want to be a victim? Victims get to blame others for their sins. Nothing is their fault. The shame of a victim belongs to someone else.
Consider the definition.
vic·tim | \ ˈvik-təm \
1: one that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent
//the schools are victims of the social system: such as
a (1): one that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions
//a victim of cancer
//a victim of the auto crash
//a murder victim
(2): one that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment
//a frequent victim of political attacks
b: one that is tricked or duped
//a con man’s victim
2: a living being sacrificed to a deity or in the performance of a religious rite
As the definition indicates, a victim has the luxury of blaming someone else. A victim has no responsibility. A victim has no guilt and no shame. Click here and here. Contemplate the meaning of guilt. Study the meaning of shame. Learn the difference between guilt and shame.
Though Guilt and Shame are twins, born in the garden (author’s note: Garden of Eden), only moments apart, they aren’t identical. Guilt is usually tied to an event: I did something bad. Shame is tied to a person: I am bad. Guilt is the wound. Shame is the scar. Guilt is isolated to the individual. Shame is contagious.
When you violate God’s laws you feel guilt. But that emotion is quickly, nearly simultaneously, joined by shame. Guilt says, “You did something wrong.” Shame says, “That’s why you need to hide. You’re no good. You deserve to live in darkness. Come with me; I’ll lead the way.” (from here (thegospelcoalition.org))
When something bad happens, a victim can throw off the guilt and the shame. A victim merely has to establish a perpetrator. The perpetrator owns the guilt. The perpetrator is the person we can shame. This is what makes being a victim so desirable. This is why identity politics and the theory of intersectionality are so “useful”. Identity politics and the theory of intersectionality provide some people, victims, politically correct ways to shift their guilt and shame to someone else.
Are there perpetrators who need to be stopped and punished? Are there victims who need to be protected and helped? Yes and yes, but identity politics and the theory of intersectionality don’t have much to do with authentic perpetrators and victims. Identity politics and the theory of intersectionality is about creating a political coalition based upon bigotry of people determined to be victims.
There is a better way, a way that honors the truth and provides forgiveness for all, the Gospel. What is the Gospel? The Apostle Paul provided this explanation for the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Good News Translation (GNT)
The Resurrection of Christ
15 And now I want to remind you, my friends, of the Good News which I preached to you, which you received, and on which your faith stands firm. 2 That is the gospel, the message that I preached to you. You are saved by the gospel if you hold firmly to it—unless it was for nothing that you believed.
3 I passed on to you what I received, which is of the greatest importance: that Christ died for our sins, as written in the Scriptures; 4 that he was buried and that he was raised to life three days later, as written in the Scriptures; 5 that he appeared to Peter and then to all twelve apostles. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred of his followers at once, most of whom are still alive, although some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, and afterward to all the apostles.
8 Last of all he appeared also to me—even though I am like someone whose birth was abnormal. 9 For I am the least of all the apostles—I do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted God’s church. 10 But by God’s grace I am what I am, and the grace that he gave me was not without effect. On the contrary, I have worked harder than any of the other apostles, although it was not really my own doing, but God’s grace working with me. 11 So then, whether it came from me or from them, this is what we all preach, and this is what you believe.
Jesus died for our sins. Thanks to Him, we have forgiveness. God has saved us. “It is finished!” We don’t have to be slaves to sin.
To escape our feelings of guilt and shame, we don’t have to shift the blame to someone else, which doesn’t really work anyway. We just have to accept the gift of salvation offered by Jesus Christ. Instead of finding new excuses to become a victim, we just need to have faith in Jesus Christ. We just need to forgive each other and look out for each other’s welfare.
Which would you rather be, a victim or a child of God? A slave to sin or free?