I just finished a book titled: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez. It was an eye opener for me as I read how white evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured the nation.
The sad irony is that I have worked with some of the key fundamentalists and evangelicals during my time as a Southern Baptist minister and Seminary professor. They have a misguided understanding of men and women’s roles in our society.
Even today they seek to keep women in submission. Many evangelical men demand that their wives stay home, clean and get dressed up for dinner each night. These men expect a home cooked meal to be waiting for them, on a perfectly set table, when they arrive from work. Also, in this anachronistic world, women are expected to dutifully meet the husband’s sexual needs and satisfy his every desire. Whenever he is in the mood, she is expected to be too, and the wife must do whatever it takes to ensure that he can rise to the occasion.
The evangelical movement has had an unhealthy view on human sexuality since the early Church Father’, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, said sex was only for procreation. Some of the people mentioned in Kristin’s book, like Revs. Jerry Falwell Jr. and Ted Haggard got caught in sex scandals that made national news. Clearly, they much better at preaching than practicing.
Of course, they are not the only ones getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Instead of them being concerned about the “Family Values” of others, they might consider cleaning up their own house. A place to start would be for these hypocrites to educate themselves and try to find a healthy understanding of human sexuality.
In her book, Kristin mentions Dr. James Dobson, the former head of Focus on the Family, who still puts his two cents worth in the political arena. Dobson might want to look at how he destroyed many LGBTQ lives with his conversion therapy programs, such as Love Won Out. Truth Wins Out was able to expose his “ex-gay” poster people, such as John Paulk and Michael Johnston, as frauds who had not changed their sexual orientation.
In my next column I want to talk about Trump and why the evangelicals supported him for President. Hope you will write me with your thoughts, Rev. Jerry Stephenson, JeryLSt@aol.com