No. No, you don’t get it. You don’t.
Because it’s not about me or my speaking up. At all. It’s about the hypocrisy of powerful evangelical “leaders” holding themselves to a “lower” standard that those under them.
If there’s anything we’ve seen in the last month, it’s that the Great and Powerful Evangelical Oz is just a con artist. Josh Duggar and the latest local scandal with Southern Baptist college (former) President Jimmy Epting prove that.
A friend pointed this out to me a couple days ago — Josh Duggar didn’t use a condom with the woman he paid for sex because … Duggar. You know what that means? The Quiverfull movement has nothing to do with God designing families or filling the earth with God’s army. That’s a con. The Quiverfull movement is about nothing but the uninhibited satisfaction of a powerful man’s pleasure.
I can’t work up the sympathy and faux-piety that fundagelicalism tells us rank-and-file we should have in the the Duggar and Epting situations. They tell us that to shut us up, you know that, right? They tell us that to create fear-uncertainty-and-dread. It’s a cosmic Damocles Sword hanging over our heads that makes us peons say, “Oh, I feel so sad. I must pray.”
Yes. Pray. Sad is okay. But don’t distract from what’s going on here — we got duped.
When Hagan said “I get it. Roar.” he was sarcastically attempting to put me in my place. He was trying to silence me. To shame me by claiming my autonomous action was the problem. He was trying to put the “agon” — the conflict — as between little me and a big and powerful god.
That’s the con. It’s not true.
It’s not little ol’ me vs. big ol’ god of thunder.
When Jesus saw that the Temple had been perverted into a den of thieves, He didn’t go around to each of the people trying to just buy a pigeon and mansplain them into silence. He did NOT say “I get it. You got cheated. Just pray.” He didn’t say, “Yeah, well, you sin too, you know!” He didn’t tell them, “Hush.”
No, He turned over tables. He got out whips. And they weren’t directed at the rank-and-file just trying to do worship.
They were directed at the con men.
God’s arrived, folks. But He’s got our back.