I’m a white, able-bodied, heterosexual cis-male. I am the spitting image of nearly every privileged class in the United States. When I write about oppression, I write from the perspective of someone who could just as easily be the oppressor.
I know that as a man I cannot bestow the title of “Ally” upon myself. It isn’t a title anyway. It’s a trust that’s placed upon me, that can be easily broken; However, I seek it with fervency. I work hard to attain this because my wife and daughters want me fighting for them.
In other words, she isn’t allowed to think about anything – ANYTHING – but sex, sex, sex when she gets dressed, because that is the primary function of her body. In other words, she’s a sex toy. Not a person. The church really needs to stop looking at women this way.
I struggle to know what to say to you, really, because I know that whatever regret or sorrow, whatever I’m feeling right now is NOTHING compared to what you’ve been through. With the lawsuit approaching, and the pain of having to relive the experiences of your past, you’ve got a lot to process right now. You’re courageous, more so than I am. More than I was. You’re fighting back. You’re reclaiming what was taken from you. I just want you to know that I’m behind you, whether I know you or not.
This isn’t the only form of Christian Privilege, of course. It’s merely the hardest one to ignore because it’s just that absurd. What are some others? It mostly shows up these days as Islamophobia, but here are some examples. You might be harboring an unhealthy sense of Christian Entitlement if…
Getting married and having daughters has a way of changing a man, if he lets it.
Going into the world and working with humans who don’t agree with you will affect you, if you let it.
Having one’s interpretation of God’s word reasonably challenged will reveal problems and opportunities to re-evaluate, if one lets it.