Photo: Beth Moore on Twitter
Dear Beth Moore,
HIya. You don’t know me, but I of course, am really familiar with you. I’ve heard your talks, I’ve read your Bible studies, I’ve been blessed by your frankness, and your willingness to speak hard truths, countless times. But right or wrong, no words you’ve written or said up to this point hit me as hard as the three tweets you sent two days ago after a tape was released of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. Your words, Beth, are BEYOND powerful. But because I haven’t seen NEARLY enough press given to them, I’m hoping to amplify them here. I want EVERYONE to know what you have to say about Donald Trump, sexual assault, and the MANY Christian leaders that STILL support him.
Let’s start with your first tweet: “I’m one among many women sexually abused, misused, stared down, heckled, talked naughty to. Like we liked it. We didn’t. We’re tired of it.” Though you’ve made no secret of your sexual assault, I had forgotten it; thankfully when I think of you, “victim” is not my first thought. I think of you as an unafraid, unashamed woman, and you have proved that reputation once again here. But thank you for reminding us that sexual assault can happen to ANY of us; that it does happen to ONE IN FIVE of us. Thank you for reminding your droves of Christian followers both male and female that God can redeem anything, can bring beauty from ashes. And thank you for reminding us that the Christian life IS full of all kinds of battles. When you say you are “one among many” you are saying “ME TOO” to a whole host of women who want to be seen and heard but are too hurt and devastated by the general apathy for victims of sexual assault that they see even among evangelicals to speak out. THANK YOU for giving them a voice.
Which brings me to your second tweet: “Try to absorb how acceptable the disesteem and objectifying of women has been when some Christian leaders don’t think it’s that big a deal.”
You pretty much dropped the mic with that one. I imagine in your career as a Christian writer and speaker, you’ve rubbed elbows with a LOT of male Christian leaders. You probably even consider many of them friends, colleagues at the least. So I am sure you’ve wondered, like so many of us Christian women, “WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU THINKING, DUDES? You represent Christ on a very VISIBLE scale and you’re supporting a candidate who, even BEFORE the leaked tape of two days ago, has made TONS of disparaging comments about women on television, radio shows, and in print. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” Hate to put words in your mouth, Beth, but those are nicer than the words that have come out of mine on this subject. Christian leaders, Christian MEN — it is SO hurtful and mind-boggling that you support someone who CLEARLY doesn’t see women as made in the image of God, loved and cherished by God just the same as men are. THANK YOU, Beth, for using your respected influence to tell Christian leaders how hurtful this is to their wives, daughters, and SISTERS IN CHRIST.
And finally, on to your third tweet. I’m glad you picked the mic back up for this one. “Wake up, Sleepers, to what women have dealt with all along in environments of gross entitlement & power. Are we sickened? Yes. Surprised? NO.” Once again, you called out men as “Sleepers” (Ephesians 5:14) — excusing “locker room talk” and much, much worse for years with a “boys will be boys” excuse. I KNOW that’s not ALL men, and I know you know it too. I’ve been raised by a wonderful man who respects women and I married a wonderful one, too. But the plethora of Christian men supporting someone who speaks, who BRAGS, really, about what he “does” to women because he’s “a star”– who uses such an objectifying word to describe our sex organs and says if you want it, you just “grab” it are MISSING THE POINT. There is NO greater good that can be served by electing this man over someone else that they see as evil. There is NO greater good that can be achieved by someone who speaks to crudely about his fellow Americans, and who has degraded other Americans because of their color, weight, and social class in the past.
Thank you Beth, for your attempt to Wake up the Sleepers. I can only pray that God uses your courageous words to inspire other Christian women to do the same, and to inspire Christian men to STAND UP and SUPPORT their sisters in Christ.
Oh, and guys? This one doesn’t scare her — or me — either:
"Keep your mouth shut or something worse will happen." Yes. I'm familiar with the concept. Sometimes it's terrifyingly true. Still, we speak
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) October 9, 2016
STILL, WE SPEAK.
I’ve received my share of hate mail and hateful comments when I voice a strong opinion as well. But still…we speak.