“Who’s Your Daddy?”: Our Creeping Cultural Crisis

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  1. Steve says:

    I found this to be a fascinating article and it has percolated on the back of my mind for quite a while. I am afraid however that it is not a sustainable argument historically. Here is an alternative story: https://world.wng.org/2016/07/the_breakdown_of_the_african_american_family

  2. Brittany Jones says:

    Being an African American woman and also unfortunately grew up without the presence of biological father, I find this article to be highly repulsive and even lack of the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    To say and even highlight that the start of this crisis we have came from the “ol’ redneck culture’ is by far, so far from the truth and racist in itself. Abraham and Sarah is the earliest story, I personally know in regards to absentee fatherhood with Ishmael. Which was a result of disobedience and unbelief of the promises of God. That was not the fault of another, but their own son. Which we all should own up too, yet having good news, because Jesus has given graces upon graces to forgive and to make our paths straight. This was the same man who became the father of our faith, so as you can see, this crisis is redeemable, brother. Instead of pinpointing the who, what’s and why, playing the blame game, we should be glorifying a God who has reconciled all things unto himself. We should be teaching our brothers, how to be what God called him to be as a man, as a husband, as a leader, as a brother instead of victimizing the whole issue. We all have fallen short of the Glory of God yet again, I say we have hope because God has reconciled all things to himself, Thanks to Jesus Christ. Hopefully Brother, you consider these things, and see that thoughts like what’s in this article, brings forth division and not unity.

  3. C.L Edwards says:

    On point, sounds a lot like what Thomas Sowell talked about in Black rednecks and White Liberals. IF anyone has time check out this blog post I wrote on the church and race entitled “The Church in America and diversity from the eyes of a black ex muslim”

    http://confronting-islam.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-church-in-america-and-diversity.html

  4. Rob says:

    Interesting article. A good read. However, I’m concerned that the labels, achiever and non-achiever, may be inadequate to fully describe this ‘cultural crisis.’ For example, Dr. Ellis implies that contributing to society and critiquing society are mutually exclusive. Doesn’t the gospel provide God’s critique of the ideologies of this world? He further implies that somehow this type of critique is harmful to poor people with non achiever values. I would agree if only a critique is presented without presenting God’s salvation & kingdom principles as the necessary alternative. Moreover, some of these so-called achiever values are unbiblical (Rom. 12:3a) because they’ve led to unbiblical behavior (Jam.2). That’s because these values have proven to be more ‘middle class’ than Christian. Finally, as it relates to social justice: Is it wise for us to ignore outcomes altogether? Haven’t our historical consideration of outcomes helped to clarify the true equity of our opportunities (or the lack thereof) ? The usage of these labels ultimately implies to me that Dr. Ellis believes that successful folks who become successful embracing achiever values are encouraging poor non achieving folks to embrace a non achievers value system. If so, I believe that this is painting with broad strokes. I agree with Dr. Ellis, that this ‘ghetto culture’ is real but I’m not so sure about these labels. Perhaps these pathological behaviors are best understood in a fallen world, with fallen humans, that is dominated by satan as simply internalized oppression.

  5. William says:

    Grace & peace brother. I don’t know if the historical context of what you say is true or not sense I haven’t done that research, but you seem like a very intelligent man. I’d love to know if you think your presentation of this information could have came more invitationally.

    I’m left to assume you’re a believer & you probably know better than me our call is to compel people to at least hear the Gospel. I must admit, if I was a “redneck,” Wayne, Shorty Lo, or his kid’s Mom’s, after reading this I’d probably be more compelled to combat what comes off as high minded condescension with pride & a self righteous defense of my lifestyle. I’d want to defend myself against your condemning accusations, whether they were right or wrong. Not hear your Gospel. Simply because of the presentation.

    Now I dont say this to condemn your article or anything close. Just to maybe provoke prayerful thought. Praying that they come to know the Christ we love, & that we live to glorify him as much as we want them to know him.

  6. Steve says:

    Interesting article which has stimulated my thinking and prompted me looking further into this connection.

  7. Stacey Westfall says:

    Sounds a lot like Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11 ~ What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done,and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.~ I am sure that we can trace the ol’ southern redneck mentality all the way back to Genesis. There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.~ Proverbs 16:25

  8. Ariel Bovat says:

    What a great article. The historical ties make perfect sense.

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