World, Let’s Join Them: A Little Encouragement for this Post-Election Season

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By Nikki Norris

At least half of our nation is stunned, and many are grieving. We grieve a loss, yes, but more than that, we grieve for those who no longer feel safe. For me, the horror began early this year as evangelical leader after evangelical leader spoke out in support of Donald Trump. How professed followers of Jesus – the model of self-sacrificial love – could support a platform built on hate is baffling. And now, after a staggering 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump, I can’t decide what’s worse: the knife in the back from the American people, or the twist of the knife from the evangelical church.

So, I guess that makes me a “post-evangelical.” When I figure out what that means, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, I’m choosing to saturate my mind with the resolute voices of a group of Christians I still trust: Christian Feminists. They understand the full reality of this election and what it means for the marginalized, yet they remain convinced that love wins. Regardless of your feelings toward God and religion, I’m confident you’ll be encouraged by these bold – and often gritty – voices. As female leaders in historically male roles, they are on the front lines of feminism every day.

Nadia Bolz-Weber

What do you picture when you think of a pastor? You’re probably not thinking of a hip, tattooed woman, but Pastor Nadia smashes the stereotypes along with the patriarchy. She is all the things I want to be: a pastor, a leader and a mother, with tattooed arms, muscles, and an unapologetic potty mouth. Best of all, she loves indiscriminately. Her church welcomes those from all walks of life and she believes that every church should have at least one drag queen.

Jory Micah

Jory’s writing, speaking and tweeting is a rallying cry for gender equality in the church. Even though it got her fired from her job as a theology professor, she refuses to back down; she never, ever compromises when justice is at stake. Every day, I watch the haters roll in to her Twitter feed, and every day I watch Jory roll them right back out — politely, but directly. Basically, I want to retweet nearly everything she posts along with “What she said.”

Glennon Doyle Melton

Last Friday, I rounded the finish line of the Week of Tears and decided it was time to relax with a good book. I chose Glennon’s memoir, Love Warrior, because the title suggested a much-needed dose of light and strength. Turns out, it was exactly what I needed in this season of widespread sexism, racism, and xenophobia. Glennon is devoted to telling the truth–the whole truth–and her gentle but uncompromising voice has also inspired an online community of women. If you could use a little strength and a little no-bullshit sass, you can borrow some of Glennon’s—she has plenty.

Nadia, Jory, and Glennon are three of the many Christian Feminists who echo our grief and fears, and magnify our resolve. Nadia was right on when, the morning after Trump was elected, she tweeted:

As we watch the threats of racism, sexism and xenophobia begin to mobilize, these women are standing firm and declaring: Not on my watch.

World, let’s join them.


Nikki is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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