I'd been warned: when kinism gets discussed online, someone had commented over a year ago, all hell breaks loose. I've seen other discussions generate into ugliness, in the past and more recently. That's why I took the unusual step, for me, of moderating the comments on this blog.
But I'm just a little blog, read by few, and I don't think I have a whole lot to fear.
But, at the same time, it's been unreal. Kinist symapthizers (who get a little upset when you call them on their defense of kinism and kinists) are an interesting lot, to say the least. There's been a tremendous amount of dancing around the mulberry bush, hair splitting, contradictory statements, accusing others of lying, etc.
Although this is not at all an actual quote, this is how I summed up a recent long conversation:
Me: On the kinism.net website, they made Statement A, Statement B, Statement C, and Statement D. I find kinism contrary to the word of God because of this scripture and that scripture.
Kinist Sympathizer: Yes, but did you find the name of my favorite kinist sympathizer anywhere on those statements?
Me: No, I'm just looking at what the Kinist Institute believes, according to their own statements. Besides, they don't sign their names to every statement.
KS: How can you lie about my favorite kinist?
Me: I'm not even talking about your favorite kinist. I'm just trying to examine kinist beliefs and hold them up to Scripture.
KS: You're such a liar. You claim that kinists are opposed to mixed race marriages.
Me: I just quoted that in their own words from their own website.
KS: You also lied when you said that kinists want their own territories that would exclude people of other races!
Me: But I was just quoting that from their website. Are you saying that kinism.net doesn't say what kinists really believe? Can you point me to more accurate statements of their belief?
KS: Why do you keep attacking my favorite kinist?
Me: [groan] I give up!
Maybe that's the point.
I do know that the antidote to kinism and to being sucked into sympathizing with kinism is love --- the love of God.
All the law and the prophets can be pretty much summed up with what Jesus said were the two greatest commandments: that we love God and that we love others as much as we love ourselves. There is no room for loving our own race more than other races in there. There is no room for dividing the Body of Christ along racial or ethnic lines. Love God. Love others. Real love. That's the answer.