Female pastor is ‘hurt’ by celebration of Virgin Mary

The Left are self-absorbed narcissists. No matter the subject, everything in the end is all about them.

Here’s an example: A Protestant minister named Ruth Everhart, who identifies herself on her website as “a Presbyterian pastor, currently serving a small church in Bethesda, Maryland,” says she’s “hurt” by Christians’ honoring of the Virgin Mary because it “oppresses” women by setting an impossibly high bar for women. To top it off, Everhart blames, not just church “culture,” but the Virgin Mary.

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Below is Ruth Everhart’s op-ed, “Our culture of purity celebrates the Virgin Mary. As a rape victim, that hurts me,” which was published in Washington Post, the piece of sewage that calls itself a newspaper.

Church culture tends to be fixated on sexual purity year-round, but during Advent, I’m tempted to blame it on the Virgin Mary. After all, she set an impossibly high bar. Now the rest of us are stuck trying to be both a virgin and a mother at the same time. It does not seem to matter that this is biologically impossible. Can you at least try?

I’ll speak for myself. I was raised in the church and taught to be a good girl, by which I mean obedient, quiet and sexually pure. That worked reasonably well until I was 20. During my senior year of college, my housemates and I were the victims of a home invasion. The intruders held us for hours and took turns raping us at gunpoint. The next year of our lives revolved around the criminal-justice system.

Of course, I was traumatized. But what was harder to describe — and more long-lasting — was how the crime became bound up in a sense of sexual shame. I wondered constantly: Did I somehow deserve to be raped? Had the rape ruined me irreparably? Both questions seemed inevitable. After all, what is the opposite of being sexually pure? Sustaining irremediable damage. Being ruined.

I’m not blaming my sense of ruin on the Virgin Mary, not entirely. Protestants do not claim Mary in the way Catholics do, but every Advent I feel a sense of kinship. I know what it’s like to be a good girl whose life got upended by what someone did to her body. Of course, her story plot was good and mine was bad. Plus she was, well, a saint. And I’m not.

Still, I study her this time of the year — always dressed in blue with downcast eyes — and want to ask: ‘How was it really? And how do you feel about what the patriarchy has done with you?’

I’m convinced of this: Mary is not responsible for what we’ve done to her story. Church culture has overfocused on virginity and made it into an idol of sexual purity. When it comes to female experience, the church seems compelled to shrink and distort and manipulate.

Maybe that’s why, more than a decade after I was raped, I became a pastor. I had to face down the demons. To do that, I had to live inside church culture. I had to come to terms with Mary’s story, and so many others. What is the gospel call for women? I believe it’s more than being a good girl.

For starters, I believe it’s impossible to be a good girl — meaning unblemished and pure — and also inhabit a body. It’s certainly true if you’ve been sexually assaulted, and may also be true if you are fortunate to not have been.

I could say more about living in a female body, but it might be helpful if you just checked in with your own body right now. Is your body feeling quiet and clean and pure at the moment? Or is it hungry or noisy or smelly? Does it have needs?

That’s what I suspected. Bodies are like that. Even bodies that don’t bleed or ovulate or lactate. Bodies have needs.

Don’t get me wrong — I love having a body. A body is super convenient for getting around in. It is a gift from God.

If you’re a woman, it’s a complicated gift. But why does Mary’s story have to oppress women when it could liberate us? What would it look like if the church celebrated Mary’s story as a hymn to the beauty of incarnation? (Admittedly, we Westerners could learn a few things from the Eastern Orthodox traditions.)

The fact that God chose to send Jesus to inhabit a body is powerful. Let’s not assume this basic fact. The incarnation is one of the unique aspects of Christianity. Incarnation means that it’s not a bad thing to inhabit a body. Even Jesus’ body was ushered to earth via a birth canal.

See, there’s ‘birth canal’ in the same sentence with Jesus. To some that will be a problem. Why? Because to some people, vaginas are inherently dirty. They can never be purified. And isn’t that the definition of hopelessness? Does it bother you that half of the human population is condemned to hopelessness because their body parts can never be pure?”

Blah, blah, blah, blah.

You can read the rest of this Presbyterian minister’s drivel here.

In her essay of 1,062 words, I counted 21 variations on the “I” word — I, me, mine, myself. The number is higher if you include the words “our,” “us” and “we” — which, of course, includes “I”.

Here’s a sample of comments from readers of Everhart’s “it’s all about poor me” essay:

Bob Kellum: “WaPo, Can you REALLY not identify a certifiable loon when you see one?? Really… Does this ClapTrap actually make sense to you???

ariadnatheo: “I dont believe you were ‘ruined’ in any way; I believe you were never all there. Apparently the bar for pastors is set very low. Imagine this pastor counseling rape victims on being ‘ruined.’ Why does Wapo publish this kind of maculature? Lowered standards everywhere…

Ruth Everhart’s LinkedIn page says she’s the sole pastor of Hermon Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD.

God help this church!

~Eowyn

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14 responses to “Female pastor is ‘hurt’ by celebration of Virgin Mary

  1. Well, there you go, many of the Presbies today are into dominionism, which is a false doctrine, of course, but this anti-Word garbage these pulpits are coming out with is just unbelievable. Remember the words of Charles Finney, who said in the 1800s so much of what we see today…

    “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.” —Rev. Charles Finney, 1792-1875

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    • seeking to discern

      @Christian Zionist

      Judaism vs Zionism
      There are distinct difference between the Orthodox Jews and the political Nation of Israel (Zionism) – they are spiritual opposites. Zionism is seen in Scripture and is identified as the synagogue of Satan.

      “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2:9

      “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” Rev. 3:9
      It has taken many years, a lot of clever doctrine-twisting, and a large number of Satan’s ministers in Christian pulpits to get this plan into motion. These deceitful workers have fooled serious Bible-believing Christians into being the main allies and supporters of the Kabbalah/Talmud plan for destroying Bible-based Christianity. If we support the Zionist Nation of Israel, we are furthering the world government for the Antichrist.

      Which leaders and Christians have directly supported the Zionist Nation of Israel?
      •John Hagee (Freemason)
      •Pat Robertson (Freemasons)
      • Jerry Falwell (deceased, Freemason)
      •Gary Bauer (CNP)
      • Tim LaHaye (Freemason)
      •Sarah Palin (Freemason)
      •Alan Keyes (CNP)
      • as well as the Rothschild Zionists mentioned in the video.
      Our country has shared interests with Israel. As Christians, we should have more concern about anti-Semitic attacks against Orthodox Jews, rather than anti-Zionist attacks. The State of Israel is just another arm of the enemy and the Imperialist West.
      http://fanaticforjesus.blogspot.com/search?q=zionism

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      • Your fundamental argument, “seeking,” is false. Evangelical Christians come to identify as “Christian Zionists,” and have done for almost 200 years, because the Bible, in numerous places, predicts the restoration of Israel, and the return of its people to the land, in the last days. Many Biblical scholars staked their reputations on the literal fulfillment of those prophesies decades before the first Zionists entered the land in 1879, and were often considered crackpots–because it seemed at the time preposterous.

        Still, modern Christians watched with awe as that largely empty land filled up in the early 20th century, with a people who had been largely absent from it for two millennia. And their breath was taken away on May 14, 1948, when Isaiah 66:8 was fulfilled:

        ““Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
        Can a land be born in one day?
        Can a nation be brought forth all at once?
        As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.”

        The answer to Isaiah’s rhetorical question obviously, was YES. It can. And did.

        One does not have to like Israel to recognize the Bible predicted its inevitable re-emergence, but even if you don’t like Israel, no one who believes he Bible should bad-mouth people who are thrilled to see its last-days predictions coming true in tangible form.

        I do not consider myself a Christian Zionist, just an objective observer. I wish all the best for Israel’s people, but I have studied the Bible closely, and things will not be pleasant for them as the last days unfold. These events can’t be stopped, only observed.

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        • Lying Bs!

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          • Thanks for that probing analysis, Sean. I’m betting you were captain of the debate team in college; I’ll take your list of arguments proving each of my “lies” deeply to heart. You are exhibit “A,” my friend, in the ongoing demonstration of how the internet is a modern Agora, filled with the equivalents of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. I’m betting you speak ancient Greek, too, based on the scintillating intelligence of your argument style, and would be a credit to that community, were those men alive today.

            Thanks, again, for sharing!

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  2. I guess if the Virgin Mary oppresses women, then they should probably not read the bible. Yes, I guess being a virgin is probably the most difficult standard for any women, lol.

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  3. She’s no theologian.

    “I wondered constantly: Did I somehow deserve to be raped? Had the rape ruined me irreparably? Both questions seemed inevitable….

    “I’m not blaming my sense of ruin on the Virgin Mary, not entirely. Protestants do not claim Mary in the way Catholics do…. Plus she was, well, a saint. And I’m not.”

    The questions might have seemed inevitable to her at the time, but theological training should have disabused her of those problems, and presumably, judging by this stupid screed, never did. One can draw the wrong conclusions about an unfortunate event out of ignorance, but if she’s been ordained, she should have enough understanding that she should now, lo these many years later, be writing to instruct her readers how false those conclusions truly are.

    Then there’s the business about who is and who is not a “saint.” She obviously never took a course in seminary about Martin Luther, and never bothered to catch up on his positions since then–much less read the Westminster Confession of Faith, which is the foundation of Presbyterianism. There was a point to the Reformation, which was to strip away the barnacles of “tradition” that the Church had accumulated over the centuries. And one of them is the meaning of the Greek word we translate “saint.” Catholics are certainly free to elevate special human beings to celebrity spiritual status, and exclusively apply that word to only them. But Protestants read the Bible, and recognize that the use of the term applies to ALL saved people; all genuine Christians are, by definition, saints. How is it that she doesn’t know that?

    Why would anyone worship in a congregation led by such an ignorant fool?

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  4. Okay, let’s start with “Bethesda, MD. God help this church!”

    In one of the most powerful passages in the Bible, Christ goes to the pool at Bethesda and questions a man placed there as a child by his parents in hopes his paralysis [?] would be cured.

    Jeshua cuts to the heart of the matter, and, in the six words that have come through 2000 years to haunt us ALL: “Do you want to be healed?” Then, He departs; we never learn what the invalid’s response [if any] was. But what is needful is for us to answer His question: “Do you want to be healed?”

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  5. This lady doesn’t understand the necessity of the Virgin Birth. If Mary had not been a Virgin people would have said Jesus’ father was a Human and not GOD. There by making it impossible for JESUS to be GOD incarnated. A lot of people do not believe in the Virgin birth, but that does not make it the truth. Being a virgin today is not as hard as some would say. All a person, man or women, has to do is refrain from sex until they are married. I know people, men and women, that have done this. Your urges are urges that YOU control. Young women should quit giving in to men that say” If you love me, you would let me make love to you!” This is male hormone driven BS!!!!

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  6. Richard Raymond

    Impossible and no-win standards for men; murderous license for women,
    right? And as a so-called ” real man” you better damn well support it or else.
    When does this shit stop?

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  7. There is no doubt that this woman is psychologically damaged . . . she needs to give up her congregation, and concentrate on seeking competent mental counseling. Can you imagine her counseling those of her congregation, all the while being mentally ill. My understanding is that if a woman is raped, in that she did not of her own free will enter into a sexual liaison, she is still sexually pure in the eyes of God. How could we ever believe that God is just if he were to judge otherwise in this particular situation. She is passing on her mental psychosis to those she ministers to. Only a flaming loony could find fault with the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Our God! What is troubling is that a congregation would allow someone who is obviously mentally unstable to shepherd them! It’s high time for a change.

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  8. As one intelligent French guy said something like you do not have to know anything about a subject in order to argue about it.
    Why doesn’t she go after Islam…that seems to be WAY more suppressive and abusive of women, and boys and girls than the Virgin Mary.
    This lady is off her rocker.

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  9. Maybe, “beauty boy” — Manny Gutierrez, the transvestite is the standard that she sets for herself.

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  10. Sounds like a major project for a mental health professional!

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