The cross and radical activism

She Stopped Eating

The idea that Jesus chose, out of his own free will, to go to the cross is a favorite among abusive church leaders. What better way to get people to submit to you than to compare the God they worship to a lamb led to slaughter? Over and over and over I've heard Jesus' submissiveness unto death used as an excuse to abuse or to silence those who wish to call out abuse.I want to propose a different perspective and I want to start with a woman named Alice Paul.In 1917, women in the United S … [Read more...]

Crucifixion and Liberation

Image by Aaron Douglas

[Trigger warnings for abuse, rape, and violence against oppressed groups]I recently wrote a blog post for Rachel Held Evans in which I talked about how many popular images of God are abusive. Someone left this comment: I read something once -and it has troubled me since - that God requiring Jesus to die on the cross 'for our sins' was the equivalent of child abuse. I would love to hear some opinions on this matter.A few commenters jumped in to say that since Jesus IS God, it was a … [Read more...]

No one’s Messiah

To Christian men and the churches they attend:I am not your Christ.Churches may try to put women on a cross, sacrificing them so that men may be pure and holy.But I am not your savior.Churches may expect women to keep silent, to hide their talents, their bodies, to sacrifice who they are to protect men from sin and shame.But I am coming down off of that cross.Churches may ask women to endure abuse for a season--like Christ endured crucifixion--so that abusive men might be saved.But … [Read more...]


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