Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Who's Abusing Who?

In light of the recent Juanita Bynum stories, Charisma's J. Lee Grady has posted some interesting comments:

There’s no question that we need more advocates for battered women. Domestic violence is an ugly issue that has been ignored by the church, mostly because so many pastors don’t know how to counsel abused women or how to confront the men who hurt them.

But I have another concern. Before Bynum starts her campaign, I hope she will examine her own spitfire preaching style. I’m all for rousing sermons, but what Bynum often offers her audiences is downright mean.

Eleven days before the Atlanta incident, Bynum told women at a large conference that they needed to learn to become harsh. Shocking clips of her comments were then posted on YouTube. Bynum told of how she corrected an unnamed assistant for being too nice when carrying out her orders. “I’m trying to teach you to be a bulldog!” she declared with gritted teeth and a hateful expression.

When women did not shout loud enough after her comments, Bynum threatened them too. “If somebody don’t start praising God right here, I’m gonna have to hit somebody with this microphone,” she said. She also implied that women who treat others with polite restraint are “too suburb” and need to learn the street-wise tactics of the ghetto.

Is this the new face of domestic violence? An angry woman preacher who threatens to hit people? A “bulldog” who barks orders and treats subordinates rudely? Please. I agree that people need to learn to be assertive, but Bynum seems to think the fruit of the Holy Spirit is no longer necessary.

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3 Comments:

At September 23, 2007 1:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody can win in your Court! I get the same feeling in my spirit when I read your comments as I do when I read the liberals comments to the conservatives.....

 
At September 24, 2007 12:27 PM, Blogger The Heresy Hunter said...

Well, it's a good thing truth isn't determined by feelings, isn't it?

 
At October 07, 2007 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Heresy Hunter:

apparently you've never read the verse about touching GOD's prophet and doing HIS servant no harm...you really need to keep your mouth of GOD's anointed

 

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