Dear Fellow Evangelicals,
I want to take a moment to thank you for the privilege of writing this blog. Without you, I would not have a readership. It is only through your kind words, criticisms, and support that I am even able to enjoy this platform. In celebration of the last seven months, I want to take a moment to look back and consider the profound privilege of all of this. Because for me, it is a bit overwhelming to consider.
As a way of commemorating the joyous occasion of having cleared five hundred (!) followers, I want to thank those that have made this all possible. First, I want to thank all my fellow evangelical Christians actively working to silence female voices. Without you, my blog would not be necessary. If women like Jory Micah were not called “children throwing tantrums” and “bitter women who don’t recognize God’s authority over their lives” then my voice would be completely unnecessary.
It is precisely because we have all worked so diligently to ensure that women are kept on the bottom rung of the Church hierarchy that anyone listens to me at all. If we did not uplift a man like Tim Keller – a man who has built an entire empire known as The Gospel Coalition around denying the gifting of women for vocational ministry – on such a pedestal, there would be no hurting people needing to hear an alternative message which recognizes and supports the gifting of God in their lives.
If we did not defend Doug Wilson when he claims that rape is God’s way of ensuring that women stay submissive to men, under the authority of their fathers, husbands, and male-only pastors I would have no cause to write posts exposing the corruption of power and abuse of women that occurs in the evangelical church.
So again, I thank you for this privilege.
I thank you for needing me – a white, straight, cisgender male – to write about other people’s sexuality before being willing to discuss the topic. It is truly my privilege to be able to support the LGBTQ community in this way. But I could not do this without all of you.
If we as evangelicals didn’t accept the teachings of men like Matt Chandler – a man who actively shames his congregation from the pulpit and who had to learn that his church needs systems in place to prevent the re-victimization of women by allowing a woman to first be re-victimized – on the LGBTQ community, then there would be no need for me to work to create a safe space for LGBTQ Christians to live out their faith.
Likewise, if we didn’t support men like Douglas Groothius, who claim that Romans 1 says being gay is entirely contrary to nature, to God’s creation purpose, and a rejection of “biblical truth” – though don’t forget it is entirely redeemable in celibacy or heterosexual conversion – I would not need to devote nineteen pages to dissecting the ways that passage is twisted.
I certainly would have written at least one less post if we hadn’t spent so much time sharing and retweeeting Ben Witherington’s opinion on same-sex marriage – in which he states that adoption can never be anything more than surrogacy.
If men like Denny Burk were not encouraged to reduce the romantic love between two men to “lust and fornication” there would be no occasion for me to endeavor to correct the falsehood perpetrated by so many.
I especially want to take a moment to thank all of my fellow evangelical Christian men. It is our silence in the face of leaders who oppress women and ignore victims that, more than anything else, makes this possible. It is our desire to reinforce a power structure which ensures that we always come out on top that has created all the hurt I seek to speak into. It is the ways in which we reinforce a hyper-masculine, aggressive, heteronormative culture, preserving our alpha dog status by ostracizing anyone who does not fit the homogenous, androcentric mold we have created which makes my blog necessary.
In light of all of these things, I want to thank you all for all you do. Truly, I enjoy looking into the rotten depths of evangelical political and theological corruption so much I hope we never stop maintaining the status quo of oppression, ostracism, and blatant antagonism towards anyone considered “other.” I don’t want us to be changed by my work because in the end I’m one of you. In reality, this is all about my ego. I don’t want us to learn, I don’t want us to be challenged, and I sure as hell don’t want to start loving our neighbors; because my privileged platform requires us to keep policing the borders, insisting the only way is our way, and thus we must never (NEVER!) respectfully or lovingly engage an “enemy.”
The reasoning for this is simple. If that were to happen, if Christian were to actually become a synonym for Christ-likeness, I would not have the privileges I do. And if there is one thing I know about Christianity it’s that individual privileges are the highest order of a biblical morality.
I am truly humbled by the privilege you have all afforded me and I hope you all continue to empower me in this way.
Your brother in Christ,
**Disclaimer: This letter is intended to be entirely satirical and deeply ironic, an examination of how my own privileges intersect with the topics on which I write. My desire is to both mock and lament an environment where I possess so much unwarranted privilege while simultaneously realizing the need to use that privilege to influence a positive change. If you choose to comment, please engage as a work of satire.**
 These are actual comments made on a post, which has since been deleted by administration from the Christian Bloggers Network Facebook group. I managed to get a screenshot of one of the comments, featured above.
 When I read these two links I notice that Fellowship Bible Church calls the perpetrator “alleged” even though he has been charged with the crime and plead guilty to sexually assaulting the child. It is sadly and disturbingly ironic they claim to support the victim with this wording.
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