Recently there was a buzz on twitter (#TakeDownThatPost) about an article, “My Easy Trip from Youth Minister to Felon,” in which a youth pastor romanticizes and frames his statutory rape of a girl in the youth group as a consensual adulterous relationship. Christianity Today has since taken down the article. Here are my twitter responses:
— Alice Dean Spicer (@AliceDeanSpicer) June 13, 2014
And you can read the article here. (<— If this link ever goes bad, let me know, please, and I will post a copy on this website.) The article was supposed to be a cautionary tale about sin, but instead, it offered an inside look at the thought processes of an evangelical sexual predator and how he minimizes his crime.
Christianity Today describes itself as “a globally minded evangelical magazine that provides thoughtful, biblical perspectives on the news and ideas of our day.” I suspect the reason these all-male editors were comfortable with publishing the felon’s story “as is” was because in many evangelical churches, the culture of so-called “God ordained” spiritual authority blinds people in high places and binds those who believe they are supposed to submit to spiritual authority.
Censorship might make people feel better, but it doesn’t resolve the problem. What ought to be held under the light of scrutiny and what ought to incite outrage (while Christianity Today and evangelicalism squirms uncomfortably) and what might have served as a catalyst for reform is now virtually erased from the cultural consciousness.
“They are not skillful considerers of human things, who imagine to remove sin by removing the matter of sin.” – John Milton, Areopagitica