This week Donald Trump’s misogyny became clearer to the world. We now all know that he likes to sexually assault women. Many were upset because they have wives and sisters and daughters. Others were upset because he used bad words. Yet others wanted people to grow up and stop being so sensitive about the things men say in private. Even when those things are a man admitting sexual assault.
Another thing that happened this week is that two brand new Christian events were announced. Naturally Supernatural is a new event from the Soul Survivor team and replaces Momentum. And Jesus Culture announced a new event that will be happening in Manchester. These new events that haven’t happened previously. Currently the Naturally Supernatural line-up includes five white men, one black man and one white woman. The Jesus Culture event has seven white men (two of them are called Chris) and one white woman. This event has more Chris’ speaking than women speaking.
Now, dear reader, you may be wondering how on earth Donald Trump’s misogyny is related to two new Christian events. So I shall tell you.
Donald Trump’s misogyny started as a seed. It grew in a soil of white male entitlement, wealth and power. It grew as he was socialised to understand that men are people and women are novelty; where his power and wealth gained him impunity. It has been cultivated most recently by white, male conservative Christians, who have either been silent on his comments, have undermined the seriousness of them or have reluctantly admitted that he’s in the wrong. When these same conservative Christians have expressed concern, it’s because they are fathers and husbands. It seems it’s only possible for men to care about women if they are emotionally invested in one. Because men are human and women are novelty. I wrote about that HERE.
These new Christian events are contributing to the soil. At a very fundamental level they are saying men are people and women are novelty, in a Christian world where 65% are women. Jesus Culture say, “There is a stirring. God is on the move. A hope for the nations. The inescapable truth that He will do great things in our day.” If Jesus Culture are unable to discern that God’s move involves a whole load of women, I’m not sure we can trust that they are really hearing from Him. The world is changing, the roar of woman is finally being heard across our nations and yet Jesus Culture are deaf to her voice. Because for them men are people and women are novelty.
Naturally Supernatural is “Equipping the church to live spirit-led lives.” The Kingdom of God currently has a female majority, yet as an event they can only find enough women for novelty. When the men who attend this event can only be upset about Donald Trump’s actions because of their wives and daughters, who can blame them when women’s only roles at the event are as wives, mothers, daughters and sisters? There will be little that shows women are Christian teachers and leaders, competent and skilled, capable and trusted by God and by well-known Christian organisations to bring God’s Truth to all.
We can all imagine that we are nothing like Donald Trump. That his words and actions are disgusting. But unless we are actively working to create a world where women are no longer novelty, we are part of the soil.
Ali Campbell has also written about this over on his blog and has some really great stuff to say! Read it HERE.