After a week of speaking engagements at George Fox University and at a nearby church, Kendra and I have renewed energy to continue talking and writing about the ways Christian popular culture often times conveys damaging messages to young women and men about who God wants them to be.
As our blog argues, God may have a different idea than Christian culture about what it means to be a godly woman or man: and that the Bible offers openness, grace, and freedom to be all God means for us to be, rather than restrictive “biblical roles” demanding that all women and all men play separate (but equal!) parts.
What inspired us most during our time together this week were those who talked with us after our sessions (or emailed us later), telling us, essentially, “Me too!” There are some amazing—and some amazingly sad—stories out there, about the ways Christian popular culture has eroded women’s confidence, confused their sense of calling, and damaged their sense of self and of God.
We loved hearing others bear witness to the problems with evangelical Christian messaging, because there is strength in numbers, and because people who hear these stories will feel less alone, and because it’s time for all of us who have been damaged to push back against the powerful voices telling young people God’s plan for them is to fit some gender stereotype.
We want to keep hearing your stories!
In a few weeks, we will be spending several days speaking at Seattle Pacific University. During our time there in mid-May, we would like to have stories on our blog to which we might direct SPU students:
- Stories about the ways evangelical popular culture has shaped your understanding of self, of others, of God;
- Stories about how you have overcome negative experiences with evangelicalism;
- Positive stories about how your Christian faith has helped you become all you were meant to be.
Would you be willing to share your story? It doesn’t need to be long or intricate or funny or sad or pithy (or pissy, for that matter). It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, a Christian or something else. We just want it to be about you, and about your experiences.
We’d love to hear from you.