Returning to the “More in Common with the Nigerian Anglican Woman” Idea

We  return to this issue of whether the Baptized Christian in the West (BCW) has more in common with a Baptized Christian Ndebele in Zimbabwe (BCNZ) than he has in common with his conservative white pagan neighbor (CWPN).

Stipulated, inasmuch as each has Christ in common they have far more soteriological, eschatological and spiritual realities in common. They share one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism.

However here is where it gets tricky because the common ground becomes more or less depending on how much Christian capital the CWPN has stolen from Christianity in order to inform his worldview. It also depends on how much pagan capital (animism, Marxism, etc) the BCNZ remains in his worldview. Certainly, when speaking of “more in common” the content of both the Christian’s and the non-Christian’s Worldview needs to be taken into consideration.

One concrete example is polygamy. I know Christians who embrace polygamy. I know many non-Christians who do not embrace polygamy. On the issue of marriage it is strongly possible that I will have more in common with my monogamist pagan neighbor than I have with my Christian brother who believes in polygamy.

Consider that the West has scads of Baptized “Christians” whose worldview is undifferentiated from the zombie WOKE millions that live among us. Are we really to believe that we have more in common with those Baptized “Christians” than we have with the CPWN? Similarly, can it be that I have a “more” in common with the BCNZ that the CPWN if the BCNZ has been afflicted in their thinking by Marxist categories so prevalent in Zimbabwe?

Both Christians in Zimbabwe (and everywhere else) and non Christians have contradictions in their worldviews and depending on how much contradiction remains in their worldview — how much foreign capital has been stolen or remains — we discover how much we have or have not in common with the CWPN vis-a-vis the BCNZ as it pertains to the matters of this temporal realm.

I spent a good amount of time around other Christian clergy in a organization that called itself “Christian.” I am here to tell you that I had very little in common with those people. I also spent a short amount of time in Zimbabwe ministering and though the Christians there were sincere I don’t know that it would be true that I had “more” in common with them in temporal and immediate matters than I do with some in my extended family who make no profession of Christ.

All of this is to say that to make general proclamations that “I have more in common with a Nigerian Anglican Woman than with my conservative white pagan neighbor” is a statement that has more holes in it than a chain link fence.

So, when a BCW pronounces that all BCW’s have more in common with the BCNZ than he does the CWPN he is really getting out on a limb and he shouldn’t be surprised if the limbs gets sawn out from under him.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

2 thoughts on “Returning to the “More in Common with the Nigerian Anglican Woman” Idea”

  1. Dear sir, I belong to a [very] conservative men’s group in France and all of us are more or less Catholic and this article would speak to many of them. Would you mind if I translated and related your article for them? Regards,

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