Throughout the month of November, I want to take time to share about people or things I am grateful for over the past year. Previous entries: Jeremy Bouman, Public Libraries, Fuel Saver, Eric Carpenter, WellCare/Medicaid, That One Jimmy’s Egg Meal, Beth Katz & Lonnie Michael, Mark Rober, Running, JK Rowling, Fire Pits, CCC Friends, Westroads.
Around the time of Trump’s ascension to the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination, I was looking to leaders within the American church to address a disturbing trend of some (white evangelical) Christians enthusiastic support for an unrepentant individual who claimed to follow Jesus. I was often disappointed by various columns and posts from American Church leaders who took positions of the “end justifying the means” when it came to their unconditional support of Trump. My own faith, and my views about Trump, seemed to put me increasingly at odds with a number of church leaders I was aware of at the time.
One person who did not disappoint was Beth Moore.
Up until this point, Beth Moore was someone I was tangentially aware of due to women’s Bible studies. My wife, and some other friends, had gone through her studies. I couldn’t tell you anything about Beth Moore or her work. I thought it was nice there was a series of Bible studies geared toward women. Nothing more. It was in the aftermath of the Access Hollywood tape where Trump bragged of sexually assaulting women. This tweet, and her subsequent refusal to back down, earned my respect and admiration. While I had faced some brushback for speaking out against Trump’s sinful behavior, it was nothing near what Beth Moore endured.
Wake up, Sleepers, to what women have dealt with all along in environments of gross entitlement & power. Are we sickened? Yes. Surprised? NO— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) October 9, 2016
I started following her on Twitter, and have enjoyed her wisdom and wit ever since. I know social media, and Twitter especially, has their factions of trolls and scoffers. Sifting through the noise are accounts, like Beth’s, that are a light. I have been encouraged by her faith and boldness as it comes through on Twitter. I’m thankful for the subsequent coverage of her being a white, evangelical woman taking a stand against misogyny, sexism, and sin in the Church and world. Her voice has been one God has used to make me examine my own faith on a variety of issues.
And, as a Gen X-er who is getting older and has heard I can’t be relevant to people who aren’t within ten years of my age, I love that she is still going strong and making an impact on people’s lives across generations.
The funny thing? I haven’t read any of her books yet. (I do have one on my nightstand I haven’t cracked open yet thanks to the library!) I know this, what I’ve seen in public from her is a faithful and firm reflection of Jesus’ love and truth.
I am grateful for Beth Moore.
Oh listen, I did stranger than that. Sometimes in my season of breaking free from lifelong strongholds when I was tormented with fear or anguish, I held my Bible wide open on my face on the pillow to a passage I needed desperately to believe & sobbed for Jesus to help me. He did. https://t.co/0U1qMA7BhQ— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) November 10, 2018Fellow leader, if we tailor what we say to what those in our sphere of influence want to hear, we’re not leaders. We’re puppets. We have not been called to placate an audience or to offer a messed up world cute aphorisms. We must speak responsibly and wisely but speak, we must.
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) October 29, 2018Translation: we scold Twitter for being Twitter while on Twitter because we don’t want off Twitter.
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) October 1, 2018Given enough time, privilege, power, protection & prestige, any network of people – no matter how pure their original purpose – can transmute into a web. We can be in a web & not even know it. A few signs:
1. It gets really sticky. Institutionally speaking, even incestuously so.
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) May 24, 2018I got turned in years ago for having a coffee bar at Tuesday night Bible study that served Vanilla lattes. It was reported that, though they knew the vanilla flavoring was nonalcoholic, the bottle it was in had an appearance of evil.
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) May 16, 2018I just want to say if Jesus has kept all your rules, you are probably your own Jesus. The thing about the real Jesus is that He will straight up mess you up to save you from yourself.
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) May 8, 2018Abusers are powerful manipulators. I’ve seen the come-to-church-&-cry thing 1000X. Thank God sometimes it’s real. Other times it’s to get people to talk her into staying with him. A man who runs his rear end to prof help, never strong arms or verbally assaults her again repented.
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) April 30, 2018