On April 21, Joe Carter, of The Gospel Coalition, posted an article he’d written entitled, “Beware of Broken Wolves”.
He was vague enough to allow himself room to deny that it was directed at anyone in particular, however he did show his hand:
“Many of us men—including elders called to protect their flock—remain silent hoping that one of our sisters in Christ will speak up before the popular and prominent female Broken Wolves in our midst devours another one of our own. But if not, we probably won’t speak up. The brokenness of Broken Wolves often act as a shield that protects them from any legitimate criticism because we fear being viewed as harsh or unloving towards women. The result is in failing to speak out we leave the women (and men) in our churches vulnerable to be ravaged. ” – Beware of Broken Wolves, The Gospel Coalition
It is hard to believe that such an article is a coincidence of timing when it was published immediately after Sarah Bessey’s hashtag, “#ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear” caught fire on twitter with women sharing stories of suppression and abuse they’d suffered in the name of God.
Today, feminism is catching on within Christendom, much to the chagrin of Joe Carter and his people at The Gospel Coalition where Feminism is viewed with suspicion as an enemy of Christianity. Full articles have been published on their site advocating the idea of women submitting to their husbands, equating submission to the gospel.
The irony in all of this is how all of us, who have grown up in the church, have been taught to pray for brokenness in order to be more like Christ. Indeed, The Gospel Coalition has taught this very idea:
” Everyone was always asking for food, health, political success, favor, etc. But Jesus came to break people down to make humble servants not compliment self-righteous folks who want worship.” – Why It May Be Better To Pray For Brokenness Than Whistle For A Genie, The Gospel Coalition
“We teach our children many things. We teach them to be strong, brave, and swift, yet patient, kind, and gentle. Rarely do we teach them how to be broken. Yet brokenness before the Lord is the fount of these very blessings. Courage and meekness flows most generously from a broken and contrite heart.”
“Yahweh remembers his children. He rescues sinners not because we said a prayer or quoted a few Bible verses. He saves us because of his steadfast love and abundant mercy. Yahweh delights not in empty promises of sacrifices, but in truth in the inward being. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; he will not despise a broken and a contrite heart.” – Jonah and The Art Of Being Broken, The Gospel Coalition
And yet those who have been broken, women specifically, are then attacked for their brokenness. They are called wolves. Those who are supposed to be ministering to them in their brokenness are told to “beware” them.
What if we actually listened to people who are hurting? What if we allowed ourselves the humility to think, for even a second, that we may be failing those who need us most because their hurt and brokenness? What if we stopped running from or alienating people just because their brokenness comes in a form that may be frightening or uncomfortable? A kind of brokenness that calls us to examine ourselves and our church communities to see if others could actually be spared the kind of pain we are hearing described to us?
What if the broken wolves have the clarity on issues that is badly needed in the church so that those who claim to be of Christ can better minister in His name?
If we teach others to pray for brokenness , and indeed pray for it ourselves, then we sure as hell better be ready to minister when the broken come to us. Alienating the broken in the name of Christ, and twisting scripture to achieve this purpose, because they might challenge our beliefs is nothing short of blasphemy.