This past week three young men were shot and killed by a schoolmate. It was reported that the teen shooter had been bullied by his classmates. Bullying is on the forefront today. We have seen devastating results of bullying through facebook, in schools, and elsewhere.
Wikipedia says “Bullying is a form of agreesive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault, or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability.
You would think adults had better sense, but many don’t. It is not limited to the schoolyard. It is found in the churches. It is found on the blogs. It is found through the likes of pastors, and denominational leaders who continuously seek to keep women in their place. They are bullies. They are abusing their power for one purpose.
This power is being given to them by enablers who will not speak up and call them on it. Their purpose is to show that they are bigger and better and holier than women. They believe that God made them special.
John Piper is a bully. He tells us that Christianity has a ‘masculine feel.’ Now, what do you suppose brought that about? This is old news and has been hashed and rehashed recently from one blog to another, including this one.
But we are overlooking his purpose. His purpose is to bully women. It follows the description above in that it is “directed repeatedly towards particular victims….gender.” There is no redeeming value in what he is saying. There is nothing that young pastors or older pastors can get from his message – except to join him in the bullying of women.
These bullies are enabled by the pastors who stand up in their pulpit on Sunday morning and refuse to acknowledge that their church has a problem. They refuse to change their by-laws to allow women to be deacons. They refuse to speak up for over one-half of their congregation. They refuse to tell these bullies that the women in their church are scripturally qualified to be whatever the church or God may call them to do.
An overweight teen was bullied each day as he walked down the hallways of the school. A skinny young teen would run up behind him and push his books out of his arms. The overweight kid was a gentle giant, quiet and minding his own business. One day as usual, the skinny teen ran up and pushed the books out of his arms. Before he knew it, the skinny kid was down on the floor with the gentle giant on top of him.
One day a young boy left the gym and as usual, another kid pulled down his gym shorts. One time too many. Before he knew it, he was sporting a black eye.
I wonder if John Piper and his disciples know that the day for bullying is over. We have had enough. Find some other subject other than what women can and cannot do in church, because we are preparing for a holy knockout punch. If we do not prepare for that, then we are enablers.
Will you join me in telling preacher bullies that women have had enough. We’re tired of being bullied by our denomination, by our pastor, and by the Christian doctrines, defined by humans, that demean us?