Where Is The Black Church On The #MeToo Movement!?!??!
In my humble opinion, the Black Church has operated for decades under a cloud of shame and silence. During my years in the church, I have seen this story repeated dozens of times. I’ve met women who weren’t believed or who were returned to their abusers with the admonishment to “submit.” We’ve seen similar stories play out in the news over and over, but for every woman brave enough to bring her story to the press, there are likely hundreds more suffering in silence.
I just witness an online conversation between a young lady and a church elder about a well-known prophet who has once again managed to be in the news. The church elder said that some of us are treading on dangerous territory when it comes to calling out church leadership. We are not to Rebuke an Elder! I guess this is "touch not my anointed" being placed on an elder and as such, nothing should be said about him so that no harm befalls the person speaking truth to the matter and behaviors of said "elder."
Anyhow, the #MeToo movement has forced Hollywood, Washington, and Wall Street to grapple honestly with patterns of sexual harassment and abuse. But many Black Churches are still struggling to embrace such an idea and are scared of the disruption it could possibly bring.
I know folks who have experienced abuse firsthand when they came to the church for help as a victim of domestic violence. After years of enduring physical, mental and emotional abuse, they filed for divorce and turned to their church for aid, but instead of helping, the church instead called them before church discipline as punishment for divorce. Why the abuser received no condemnation.
I applaud the Southern Baptists for acknowledging there is a problem among them. Maybe the Black Holiness Church will follow. 🙄 There have been abuses and improprieties in every Christian denomination, to put it mildly. Its presence isn’t new, an eye-opener or any type of surprise at this point.
I'm wondering why the Black Church is so silent on this issue?