October 17, 2017

When the Church Says #MeToo

Editor’s note: The full  version of this op-ed was published by Charisma News. Click here to read the article in its entirety. 

A sad, revealing movement has risen out of the scandal surrounding Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein. If you’ve been online the past two days, you’ve likely seen #MeToo across your social media feeds. The hashtag marks women who’ve been the victims of sexual assault or harassment at some time in their lives.

Among the #MeToo voices are prominent Christian leaders including Beth Moore, Alveda King, and Karen Swallow Prior, as Charisma News previously reported. I applaud these women for speaking up. Their courage sends the message, “We are the Church and we’ve been there too.”

The Church is comprised of sinners and operates in a sin-sick world, therefore it is not immune to sexism and misogyny. We know the Christian journey isn’t a cookie-cutter path after we surrender our life to Jesus Christ. We easily admit this when it comes to financial hardships, broken relationships, and persecution for the faith. So why does it still feel taboo for Christians to admit they’ve been sexually victimized too?

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3 Responses to When the Church Says #MeToo

  1. diaphone64 says:

    I’m sure the UM Western Jurisdiction would find a way to justify ordaining #HarveyWeinstein since no one can judge and love is love.

  2. Karl von Buddenbrock says:

    Sexual predators must be exposed and punished. But they must be identified using biblically defined sins. I find words like “misogyny”, “sexism”, “racism”, “homophobia” are labels diluted by worldly ways of thinking, and therefore lack clarity. I can be labeled “misogynist” by standing back for a woman to enter a door. I can be labeled “homophobic” by saying I disagree with same sex marriage. Very poor labels and very poor categories. We must adhere rather to biblical definitions of sin. Weinstein is guilty of all the sexual sins described in Leviticus, as well as not loving his neighbour. Forget these worldly labels. It’s PC talk, and PC talk is worldly. Nothing more.

    • Susan says:

      We don’t have to use the language of another culture and time to be Biblical. Hermeneutics brings the Bible to here and now, and these words, such as misogyny and sexism, are very relevant. The Levitical terminologies are not and often miss love anyway. God gets that; that’s why God sent Jesus to show us God’s true heart that the letter of the law was missing.

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