I finished my quiet time yesterday (lots of praising you know who for the Nic Cage Left Behind reboot!) and turned on the Today Show (I like to check in on the secular stuff every once in a while so I can stay hip to the kids). Lo and behold, the commies at 30 Rock had taken a break from praising that Muslim Obama to speak with you and your hubbie. I was more excited by that than when I registered to win a spot on the K-Love cruise or thought I was standing behind Kirk Cameron at Big Lots.
But then I heard you talk about “Biblical Womanhood” as if it was defined by the Old Testament. You do know there is a sequel, don’t you dear?
I have been struggling with whether to write this letter to you for a while. I check your blog every once in a while and I have a hard time differentiating it from the blog of some Episcopalian priestess who drives a Chevy Volt, listens to the Indigo Girls and wears “comfortable shoes.”
I know you call yourself an evangelical but to paraphrase that wild secular flick The Princess Bride, “I’m not sure you know what that word means.”
You see, Rachel, I was defined by white men (i.e., sexist honkies) like Carl F.H. Henry and Francis Shaffer who believed in the inerrancy of Scripture and gender roles within the church defined by that Scripture. If you need to know what evangelicalism really is take a gander at Henry’s God, Revelation & Authority. It isn’t what you are used to–it is a lot longer than a Maureen Dowd op-ed piece, not as much fun as a Mumford & Sons release and denser than
But it defines how evangelicalism views Scripture (i.e., without errors and more authoritative than the OWN network or a streaming documentary on Netflix), which largely defines evangelicalism. Unfortunately, the movement can’t be redefined by disgruntled folks no matter how good it sounds after conversations over organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee at the Whole Foods cafeteria.
So, Rachel it is time for us to go our separate ways. I’m sure you will enjoy the Episcopalians or PC-USA or whatever dying mainline “church” you join.
Please don’t be sad. Go treat yourself to Ben & Jerry’s while you watch MSNBC and remember Earth Day is just around the corner.