Responding to Rev. Jeff Durbin’s Virtue Signaling

“Racism is a real thing. It’s an abomination that deserves eternal punishment. I know it exists. I know people hate others because of the color of their skin. However, when we focus on the issue of color, and not justice, we influence people to make war with the opposite community and not against the injustice. The crime is no longer the focus. It’s no longer about making things right. It’s about strife between other groups. It’s about destruction. An image-bearer of God was murdered. This demands swift justice for all those involved and should set a clear warning to anyone who would engage in such a treacherous act that they will suffer the same consequence. Badge or no badge. This is the opportunity for the Church to rise up and say, “This is justice. Uphold this. These are the Words of God. Do this for every son or daughter of Adam.” There are two alternatives: Christ or chaos.

Our culture, for a long time now, has chosen the latter. Now, they are eating its choicest fruit.”

Pomo Rev. Jeff Durbin

1.) This is pure 100% virtue signaling on Durbin’s part. It seems that if one is in the ministry and doesn’t virtue signal about the evils of “racism” then they somehow are being untrue to their calling.

2.) If Racism is a real thing why are there no stable definitions that are not either self-refuting or self-contradictory? Racism is one of those words that means everything and so nothing. It is merely a word intended to heap false guilt on people. What is Racism Jeff? Please… give us a definition so we can work on whether or not it really is some kind of evil that Scriptures failed to explicitly mention. In my book, “Racism” is a contrived, elastic term that has no fixed meaning, other than to be used to de-legitimize and attack traditional, white Christian civilization.

3.)  Racism was popularized by radical bolshevik Leon Trotsky for the purpose in the early 20th century to advance the communist revolution and was popularized with the intent of creating division within Christendom by ladling false guilt on Christians who believed that love of one’s own people was perfectly legitimate. Durbin won’t win the battle by letting the devil set the terms of the debate.

Much of what is characterized as “racism” today is simply the normal, natural human preference for self-association with our own race. Are you a “racists” because you married someone of your own race? Because your children did? Because you live in a predominately white neighborhood and eschew the ghetto? In this sense, “racism” serves a very practical and effective role in making decisions about who to marry, where to live and what school to attend.

4.) I know of absolutely nobody who hates people solely because of the color of their skin. Oh, such people might exist but their numbers are so insignificant that they hardly merit mentioning. People like Durbin can’t seem to understand that race is about much more than skin color.

5.) Of course people want Justice. And if the officer in question (who is innocent until proven guilty) is convicted in a fair trial (something almost impossible to achieve now) then that officer should be greeted with the full force of penalty. I know of nobody who disagrees with that. So why is Durbin making such a point of the need for justice except to virtue signal.

6.) It is true that an image-bearer was murdered. That is horrific. However we note the integrity of Jeff’s virtue signaling. Now, was Jeff virtue signaling like this when in 2009 in Houston Tx. on the Ft. Hood military base a brown man murdered 9 White people in a shooting rampage. Did Jeff go public on that about the racism of brown people? Oh … and no riots followed.

Now, was Jeff virtue signaling like this when in 2015 a brown man unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities in Tennessee, killing four white Marines and wounding two other service members and a police officer. Did Jeff go public on that about the racism of brown people then? Oh … and no riots followed.

Now, was Jeff virtue signaling like this when in 2002 John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo — two black men — (known as the Beltway Snipers) had a plan to kill six white people a day. Though never reaching that goal on a day in and day out basis Muhammad and Malvo murdered 17 white people before they were caught. Did Jeff go public on that about the racism of black people then? Oh … and no riots followed.

Now, was Jeff virtue signaling like this when in December of 1993, a black male named Colin Ferguson walked down the aisles of a commuter train on the Long Island Railroad, shooting white commuters. Did Jeff go public on that about the racism of black people then? Oh … and no riots followed.

Now, was Jeff virtue signaling like this when on January 6, 2007 five black assailants carjacked and then kidnapped a white young couple by the names of Christopher Newsome and Channon Christian only to kill them later that evening in the most sadistic torturous way imaginable? Did Jeff go public on that about the racism of black people then? Oh … and no riots followed.

7.) Did Jeff lecture us on the need to demand “justice” when these other crimes of injustice were committed? When chaos reigned in the previous examples where was Jeff pleading for “Justice,” and against “Racism?”

It is just my opinion but I am of the opinion that when Durbin tacitly endorses the narrative of the guilty white man (as seen by conveniently leaving out the other side of the equation) I am of the conviction that Durbin is choosing chaos and is forcing Christians to eat the choicest fruit.

In the end Durbin needs to learn that “Racism,” is the ultimate word that means everything and nothing. When used it is not intended to convey any objective meaning but is used as a expletive deletive to pillory an opponent. Its intent is to shut down a conversation because if someone is a racist that means they don’t need to be heard.

However, “racist” is losing its power and it is beginning to be like the famous ad hiterlum logical fallacy.

Jeff and all of us have to remember that when Christ said “love your enemies” he envisioned hallowing the enemy so as to achieve a future reconciliation. Instead Christian White men like Jeff have taken this command as means to seek in our enemy the means of our own destruction.

In the words of Mark Collett in his “The Fall of Western Man,”

“The word ‘racist’ has turned Western man into a creature that can only be equated with a whipped dog. On the cry of that one word Western man rolls over and begs for mercy – just as an abused animal would. White guilt, self-hatred and the word ‘racist’ have been used to break the Western heart and subdue Western bravery and courage in order to prevent Western man from standing up in the defense of his own people. Western man is now so cowed that he dare not speak out against any foreign enemy or threat to his people for fear of being branded a ‘racist’.

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.

3 thoughts on “Responding to Rev. Jeff Durbin’s Virtue Signaling”

  1. Pastor, I know you’ve written enough in the past on the issue of race to properly respond to this, but it would be great to hear your thoughts on Voddie Baucham’s perspective here. He’s a theologically smart guy in many respects, but this seems like such a simplistic and foolish analysis.



      If you will send me a transcript of what Voddie is saying there in that clip I will post a response.

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