“Or, if you like, in another strategy of seeing things rightly, you could nickname these breasts of other woman as the ‘principalities and powers.’” Douglas Wilson
The other morning I put up a story about a woman seeking counsel from her pastor because of her husband’s obsessive preoccupation with other women’s breasts. I linked the key terms hoping no would miss the analogy and I linked the image at the end of the post to its source — Blog & Mablog.
Unfortunately, some people didn’t click the pic and possibly walked away thinking I didn’t ground the tale in reality. So, for those who did not catch the point: Yes, Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow, held a meme contest to award the person who could put the best caption on this image:
And with a wink and a nod the Presiding Minister of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC), Mr. Douglas Wilson, sent notice that nothing in the photograph was off limits.
Every full-time blogger maps his entries in advance, including Doug Wilson. He posts a few essays per week (these essays eventually make their way into his books). He regularly posts quotes from his books (he stockpiles these quotes in his drafts folder and schedules them for publication). He posts book reviews. And he posts his sermon notes and his weekly exhortations. He constantly keeps the site warm with fresh content, which requires planning site content ahead of time.
He did this with the meme contest. He planned three blog entries around that pic. First he used the image in a post called When Saruman Said Nyuck, where it served no purpose but to catch eyes, which it did. This was his point. He chose the provocative image on purpose. Second, the feedback from the image gave him a plausible reason to follow-up with a post titled About the Chick on the Piano . . . where he offered an explanation for the pic and, oh, by the way, he announced the meme contest. Third, he bled the pic dry with one last post — Trump Meme Contest. All according to plan.
When I saw him run the contest, I wanted to call attention to it but wasn’t sure how. The story sounded clever at the time but in hindsight it offered more confusion than clarity. Next time I’ll be direct. I’ll explain the matter, as I’m doing here.
Here are two comments about Mr. Wilson’s antics that are worth repeating:
Poor little Nancy.
A husband fixated on other women’s breasts.
How exactly does a church, a denomination, a human being think that a “pastor” running a contest about Donald Trump’s wife’s breasts is laudable, funny or pastoral?
And . . . silence.
— Terri Rice
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” — Ephesians 5:3
Doug Wilson has gone way past hinting at it. It’s impossible to imagine the apostle Paul, or men like John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon, talking about women’s breasts. Or having jokey meme contests. And certainly the Lord Jesus Christ never did. So again I ask the question, “When is the CREC going to put a stop to this?”
One last thought: It’s pretty clear that if Doug Wilson didn’t personally teach Jamin Wight how to treat women like disposable objects intended for his individual gratification, he sure didn’t discourage it.