One of the dangers that come with equating social/cultural power dynamics with intersectionality is that when that is done, you remove all potential at helping the church understand power dynamics which in return protects sheep from abuse & leaders from abusing.
Power is a real thing. Certain people truly have power over others. Power is not inherently bad but it is something precious & when misused it can impact people & groups in a profound way. Seeking to help the church understand power is not the same as seeking to eradicate power.
My concern is that much of the rhetoric I hear coming from white fundamentalism/evangelicalism regarding “intersectionality” has less to do w/ what intersectionality actually is & it’s errors; & more abt maintaining certain unhealthy power dynamics they are afraid they’re losing.
ALL people groups, ethnic, social, or cultural can have have power and wield it in harmful ways. People who have been abused by power also carry potential of becoming power abuses out of pain & bitterness. We must reject any notion that ONLY white people have or can wield power.
The Rwandan Genocide shows what happens when people of African descent wield power in an unhealthy way. Lawsuits issued by LBGTQIA community intent on destroying Christian families that disagree w/ them are examples of the unhealthy wielding of power... the list goes on & on.
I am not influenced AT ALL by intersectionality (as a philosophy). It’s a secular attempt to understand abusive power dynamics in the world. I sympathize but reject. My concern is for church to understand power dynamics so that it is a light to world & leaders don’t harm sheep.
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