Identity Politics is just what it declares – politics, based on identity. It’s all about class – women, blacks, gays, trans, any supposed minority, locked a class struggle for power with men, with whites, with a white-dominated culture, a male-dominated culture, a straight-culture, a Christian culture. The essence of the movement is struggle – us against them. It is divisive, fracturing. It draws lines, not circles. It intends to hurt, not heal. It is a community of ‘graspers’ reaching not only for power, but for privilege and prosperity, not by traditional means, but by demands, by revolution, by encounter, by protests, by riots, by whatever accomplishes the end of empowerment.
Marxism cast itself as a struggle for power, but in the end, it was an economic struggle. It was about power, because the alleged powerful, held the purse strings. And identify politics, Critical Theory, take us to the same destination – power and money. An autocracy, self-rule, and access to wealth.
Postmodernist thought is Marxism repacked as Identity Politics, Critical Theory, and Intersectionality. The French Liberals who have peddled the new philosophy, Derrida and Foucault, are far-left radical existentialists, but their ideas are godlike on college and university campuses. Postmodernism is defined as an attitude or disposition of skepticism. It is faith turned inside out. It is radical doubt, if not despair, as a championed center of life. It is not mere analysis, which is helpful even if it is critical. No, this is rank and raw cynicism – toward all and everything.
It begins by rejecting ‘grand narratives.’ So, for example, the plan of salvation, or salvation history as the scholars have called it, is cast aside. Christian ideology – or any coherent ideology or attempt to explain the world or life, is doubted. Objective notions of reason are questioned – this takes the ground of logic and assessment from beneath everyone. To the point, your beliefs, your reality, is not my reality. There is no absolute truth. No objective and discernible reality. There is only experience, personal experience, and perspective. There is only my story, my reality. There is no social progress – and if there is, whose standard is used? And who is to say that Americans are better off than jungle populations in the Brazil rain forest?
In such a world, there is only confusion and despair. The great problem with Post-Moderns is the problem with which Karl Marx struggled – a ruling, dominating class that was oppressive and stifling. These are the joint issues of power and economics. All hierarchy to the postmodernist is evil. And it must be dethroned. To level the ground – all hierarchies of competence must be dismantled. Who is to say that you are smarter, more competent than another? A test? The idea of competency itself is a vertical continuum of power and a means of control and must be abolished. And finally, going right to the end, the world itself, you and me, everyone and everything must be destroyed.
Really? No one practically believes that anyone could or should be a doctor? Or a dentist? Or a scientist? Everyone wants competence. And order – which demands some levels of responsibility and authority. But these theories, with high sounding language, and the anointing of hell, have caught fire in our universities in the ‘studies’ departments, sociality and philosophy, history, and even religious studies.
The end is anarchy. And you can see it in America’s streets now.
Can a Christian join such a movement? Affirm it?
True Christianity – One of Its Core Characteristics
True Christianity operates out of rest, not struggle. We are supposed to be a community of peacemakers. We wade into a battle with our feet shod with the good news of peace (Eph. 6:15). We win through peace – not through weakness, not through capitulation, but through genuine reconciliation. And genuine reconciliation is not only love – but truth. Not only acceptance but accountability to a standard. It is not only forgiveness but trust. Right now, such a community of reconcilers is missing in action. True Christianity also operates from a position of authority. That which is now vested in Christ. It is tender, but not weak. It is sensitive, but not delicate. While we embrace the cross, we do not and cannot accept the role of powerless victims. This is why Christian martyrs shocked the world with the buoyancy of their faith while dying on the stake. They were victors, not victims.
The Christian’s identity is in Christ – not in maleness or femaleness, not in blackness or white skin. It is not defined by the world or the devil. In contrast, Black Lives Matter finds its identity in relationship to White Privilege. Without whites, there is no quest for power, no movement. Because the movement is a struggle against. That negation. It is not a positive pole to which one is attracted, but a negative pole from which one is repelled. It is a struggle defined by another. It is reactive, not proactive. A Christian cannot give up such control to another – particularly to a wound, to the memory of hurt and pain in a fallen world. We are to be controlled only by God.
We struggle with the world and the devil, but that cannot be our obsession. Those are side-bar issues. Our greatest struggle is with the flesh, with self, with surrender to God. Christianity is a movement from, but it is primarily a movement toward. We move from a flesh dominated life by moving toward being Spirit-led. We move from the world by moving toward God. We move from the world’s categories and pigeon-hole identities, guided by a new identity in Christ, not only as believers but as a community. God intends to make of us “one new man” (Eph. 2:14-16), breaking down barriers of race differences, gender, and even nationality. While we struggle with sin, that is not our beginning point. We reach back to the Creation, through the cross and its redemption and forward to the consummation of all things. We begin with God, then fellowship with the sufferings of Christ on behalf of all our woundedness and displacement, and anticipate the inbreaking kingdom. We see what was created to be, and how the fall has warped all of us, making us a mad community of victims and victimizers. And then we see Jesus, his love, and what we can be by grace, and what we will be when we see him and are made like him.
These are different values. This is not what is being embraced in Identity Politics and its variant philosophies.
 “Man” is understood in two ways in scripture. First, for a gender, the male, but also, as humanity. For, from Adam, the man, came Eve, and all of humanity. This may be offensive to some. However, God became with one human from representing all of humanity, and with this singular form, He then created male and female, which is also offensive, since, in this narrative, God gets to establish gender. That is, of course, why He is God.