I really appreciated this article and I am quite grateful there IS a divide within evangelicalism. Grateful too for Karen’s words in the article, “Liberty University Professor Karen Swallow Prior said too many Christians are being dismissive of the women — a reversal from how they responded to accusations against liberal entertainers and Hollywood executives.”
I am actually reeling, angry, hurt, deeply disappointed by the response coming from many. It is one thing to withhold judgment or to believe in Moore’s innocence and an entirely different matter to attack women as a whole, to reveal one’s heart with harsh words like “women always lie, women are deceitful, delusional, go back to the kitchen,” all the way down the rabbit hole to outright declarations about how women better shut up and rape threats of one’s very own.
You know, the bible says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45
Judge Moore is not really the one on trial here, the heart of conservative Christianity is. That heart is pretty dark and ugly right now and on full display in the court of public opinion. It’s not a heart I want to claim, not a heart I want to intercede for. It’s a heart I want to flee from.
I can’t even imagine what wounded women are going through right now, what it must be like to reach for Christ only to be greeted by what appears to be a harsh and judgmental church, a church condemning of women, a church far more interested in politics and waging a gender war than they are in the Good News or the healing power of Jesus Christ.
We can do better. We’re called to do so, so much better.