This is a remarkable video.
Gastonbury of the Faith & Heritage website transcribed the thing entire and compiled the highlights
[Presbyterian minister Duke] Kwon isn’t some nobody – he’s a highly respected minister. Duke Kwon preached at the worship service at the PCA’s most recent General Assembly, meaning that he represents mainstream thought in the Reformed world.
Here are some of the things you’ll learn today:
Blacks are the “prophet people of God.”
It’s time to start “speaking the truth in love” about the urgent need for whites to start paying reparations to blacks.
Ephesians 2-4 is all about the need for reparations to blacks.
The story of Zacchaeus is all about the need for reparations to blacks.
Whites who disagree are “fools,” “trolls,” and “enemies.”
White people are “the oppressor.”
It seems the Presbyterian Church is on a mission to become multi-ethnic (and “multi-spiritual”, says Minister Kwon) while putting black identity politics forefront. Indeed, placing black rights forefront seems to be the point, despite a lot of censer-smoke about “diversity” and a “multi-ethnic” church.
The talk begins at at 5:42. Kwon opens by declaring that his black and brown brothers and sisters in Christ are wonderfully made in the image of God, specifically excluding the many white people in the audience. In the last sentence of the sermon, Kwon calls blacks “the prophet people of God.”
[racial justice] might include a denomination setting aside a more radical amount of money to subsidize its cross-cultural or specifically African-American ministries. Again, the idea is that of repairing and recovering what was lost by the historic exclusion of African-Americans from our churches.
And so, ecclesiastical reparations might also include new approaches to leadership and polity that isn’t simply more inclusive of African Americans, but that centers on their gifts and abilities. [Lots of crowd approval]
It would involve a restructuring of community practices, say, amplifying minority voices, rewriting our liturgies, reconsidering come contours of our confessional theology, rearranging our hymnody, all guided by a repentance imagination that pictures what ecclesial life might have been like today, had African-Americans been part of our churches for the last 300 years. [Crowd loves this]
Mimicking the dulcet tones of the black Church he learned, kind of like Barack Obama, during an apprenticeship in the Community (DC, where he now has his own church) Minister Kwon praises “black and brown” as made in the image of God [conspicuously excluding whites], and as he will explain throughout, blacks exist as a sort of primus inter pares among this blessed group, with whites excluded but for their responsibility to support this scheme. But it really is all about Black and White, Who and Whom, despite and attested to by Kwon being Asian. Kwon is happily assimilating to black America, almost with a smirk.
It’s important to follow the money, and power, to see what’s ultimately at work here. Sure, Minister Kwon et al may actually believe their nonsense, or not (Kwon was in management consulting before being called), it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if they sit down in secret and map it all out. Incentivization expresses the will of the elite, and the Church, like virtually every other American institution, is undergoing a transfer of power, under the guise of “equality”, via heavy incentivization.
The point here is to take over the Church, using its white history as condemnation–which is of course the broader “civil rights” movement as a whole, essentially, using whites’ “racist” past to condemn them to handing over their civilizations while quietly expiring.
It’s one front in what Steve Sailer calls the “scramble for America”, the descent of opportunists such as Kwon, surfing the Narrative, upon the professions, institutions, even culture to seize as much as they can before the ruin runs out.
Kwon is not a controversial figure in the Church, despite his posturing as a revolutionary. The general assembly mentioned by Gastonbury above featured two other speakers along with him, both equally committed to the program.
It’s important to remember conspiracy isn’t necessary. All that needed to happen in the Church was for the displacement of its whites and history to be incentivized. Ambition in the aggregate will do the rest.
Kwon’s sermon is a model of the Narrative itself. And what Divine providence! Minister Kwon’s spiritual journey just-so-happened to land him gently in step with the latest Theory coming out of the universities and the political-culutral push to carve up and parcel out America’s institutions to her enemies. I guess that means God’s on the side of Social Justice after all.
After opening with the folk classic Numinous Negro routine, it’s a laundry list of recent themes launched by the Left.
There’s the Danger Black Bodies! theme, making the insane claim that black people are unsafe in such as a Presbyterian church. Kwon actually invokes “strange fruit”, and the gasps suggest he’s in trouble at first, but, like an aerobatic pilot pulling out of his dive in the nick of time before hitting the ground he flawlessly turns toward sky and, yes, they’re right there with him.
There’s the Just Imagine (last seen: “Just imagine if these sexist Internet giants had equal gender representation from the start”–the assumption being, in one instance, they’d be more profitable, in another I saw, that this would have saved us from Internet bullying) is employed, and whites are determined to be in a deficit against this presumed richer, better Church that would have existed, if they had only been better people when they were laboring to build the Church; now it is only about “…recovering what was lost by the historic exclusion of African Americans…”–turning that church over.
There’s the Emotional Labor scam, by which it’s asserted black people, in assailing white America for ever-more favor, are spending their emotional labor on behalf of us all (like slaves, get it?), for which they should be recompensed, maybe materially, and for which we should feel shame.
This is an important one. Kwon knows where black America’s pleasure center is, its enormous self-pity:
10:51 Now some of you, understandably, you [black dialect for you’re] not so sure. It’s been an exhausting year, hasn’t it? You’ve heard it several times already, just a few minutes ago and throughout the weekend. Many of you are tyud [black dialect for tired]. The church’s ambivalence about its commitment to interracial solidarity has been unmasked. Divisions, especially across racial lines, have been exposed, EXPOSED, not created, exposed [lots of whooping and applauding from the audience] and amplified.
Remember that Chris Rock punchline “want a cookie?”? He had no idea.
There’s the Shut Up Whitey/Ally theme, where speech isn’t controlled, but “prophetic”:
First, limitations of prophetic speech, first, we must embrace the value of prophetic silence. There is a time not to speak. Oftentimes, it’s simple – that time is when you don’t know what you’re talking about. [Crowd goes nuts again, clearly understanding Kwon to be referring to ignorant white people] Some of y’all need to listen up. Sometimes I need to listen up. You don’t know what you’re talking about or you know you need more time to reflect and pray. Do you know you do not need to have an opinion on every racial issue and incident? And you do not need to immediately share your take on it all the time. Silence is not always proof of complicity; it can also be an expression of prophetic humility.
Obeisance is not humiliation, but humility, you see. Upon which follows naturally what I would call Don’t Engage or Don’t Normalize theme, demanding no engagement with ideological opposition (they are, effectively, “Nazis”):
I mean the sort of person that Proverbs 26:4 is describing when it says, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you become like him yourself.” That’s referring to the stubborn-hearted person, who’s speaking to you, but not really listenin’. Who’s interrogating you but isn’t really interested in answers or, more importantly, in hearing God’s truth.
17:12 You know, so a person hears you talk about racism and then they respond by rolling their eyes and calling you a Marxist [loud agreement from crowd], refusing, REFUSING to engage the things you’ve actually said, and the places in Scripture from which you have spoken. Though you try and try and try, do you know that you have permission to walk away? Beloved, you do not have to respond to every troll. Jesus did. Remember how he was silent on trial before Herod? There is a time to walk away. Practice prophetic silence.
I’m sure the Bible, and not the Salon-o-sphere, is the wellspring of all this. But then again, as part of “reconsidering some contours” the Church, once Kwon is in charge he may well wish to consider including some of those theorists, maybe some Ta Ne’hisi Coates, in the Gospel. Presbyterians will lead us there.
The “LDR Weekend” sponsored by the “Leadership Development Resource Initiative”, at which Kwon was speaking appears to be modeled on Maoist university conclaves. Their goal is–what else?–to bring more blacks into leadership positions and blacken the Church, so to speak.
This has a sort of secondary retconning effect: blacks may have been nowhere around when the Church was being built in reality, but they were there the whole time spiritually. Their physical absence (absence of “black bodies”) is a moral and material deficit against a natural order that’s been suppressed all this time by racism.
It’s amazing how few, apparently, see this all as sinister. Spending his early effusions raising the black congregation above the white, Minister Kwon then demands our integration. What could go wrong? I mean, other than the daily carnage we see on World Star Hip Hop and Colin Flaherty.
In his reliance on Christian kitsch he lays it all out a little too clearly. One, blacks are better than you because they have a profound, legitimate beef with you. Two, you will have to give them money. Three, you will have to live with them, on the terms outlined in One.
So once we’ve reformed the Church, everything will be cool? What role can I, a penitent white ally, assume in this order?
The verse just after that Kwon uses to justify this hierarchy of color and shame, Ephesians 4:28 might provide guidance for us in our role as whites in the Church and, of course, in society: Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labor with his hands the the thing that which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.
I’d be willing to wager Minister Kwon read that one with a faint smile.