God Morning, God!
I’ve been praying and fasting — something I don’t remember doing since the weekend before 9/11 — and this feels THAT serious. I haven’t wanted to be explicitly political on this blog. But, I woke up this Saturday knowing that I have to speak up. But, with so much to say the question was WHAT to say. Then I found an article about this message from pastor John Pavlovitz in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
Pastor John Pavlovitz attempted to spare no feelings when he warned women about Trump, his supporters, and how those individuals truly view a woman’s role in society:
“To them, you aren’t separate but equal, as they might claim from the pulpit. You may be made in the image of God, but not in the same way that they are.
You are inferior
You are lesser than
You are Adam’s rib meat
pleasure tools designed by God for men to use as they desire.
Some of these men of God will have the guts to actually say this, others will simply prove it to you. They are proving it to you now. Listen to them.”
Pavlovitz says in their twisted patriarchal world, the there are men on the Christian Right who think all men act like Trump, all men talk this way, all men think this way, but adds, “No, we don’t—but they do.”
A line was drawn in the proverbial sand by Pavlovitz who harpooned the hypocrisy of Trump’s supporters. Trump claims to respect women, as do those who are in favor of his candidacy. Yet, that does not rationally follow for if it were true, and if these individuals did have respect for women, they’d dump Trump immediately.
“If these professed men of God truly acknowledged your inherent value, they would be fiercely defending you right now, instead of Donald Trump. They would be openly condemning such disregard for the image of God within you, and sharply severing their ties with him—but many of them they aren’t. They’re making excuses. They’re blaming the victim. They’re doubling down. They’re digging in their manly heels right now.”
The good minister pulled back the curtain to expose the sickening philosophy of these individuals. They care not about women as human beings, but consider them to be mere disposable objects to be used for their own nefarious purposes:
“The real reason they’re doing it is that to them you aren’t worth defending — not your intelligence or your gifts or your worth. As a result, your consent isn’t really a concern either; you may have noticed that. It’s why, in their minds sexual misconduct almost never occurs, and when it does, it’s because you were dressed too provocatively or sending mixed signals, or because their motives were misinterpreted. They don’t believe you have the right to say no or to be offended. If anything, they believe you should be flattered. This is the hubris of men who think God made you as an accessory.”
Me again God. I’d so like believe this is true of only a FEW men. But, then I think of Bill Cosby. I think of sex trafficking I think about young girls molested by family members. And I realize THIS IS REAL. And You do not like it.
So, I’m speaking up.