by Kelly Pelton
Swinging like a sling blade, you wield your weapon to intimidate: name-calling everyone a heretic who champions female ordination. You're stalling Holy Spirit movement in churches, leveling your charges, alarming faithful Bible readers, accusing long-time Bible scholars. You're harming sisters and the brothers who can't see your manipulation of emotion causing a defensive second-guessing in egalitarians, whose devotion to the full expression of God's gifts embraces all people as potential conduits for God's voice to speak to entire congregations reverential. Jesus had a phrase for religious leaders hoarding power in God's name, venomous their wording to exclude, undermining God's grace to spread shame. Earnestly I ask you, are you like them, hurling names at others in projection, verbally abusive, though you claim to be about the law and its protection?