Matt Anderson has some good thoughts on the dust-up between Rachel Held Evans and the Wilsons. He argues that the larger point Jared Wilson was making about 50 Shades of Grey has been lost in arguments about authorial intent and trigger words. He writes:
What strikes me as tragic in all of this is, well, that Jared’s worthy intention to object to a cultural trend that is doubtlessly present in our churches has been entirely and completely superceded. There’s an important lesson here for communicators, as when the jot and tittle gets away from us then it’s the substance of our point that loses.
For what it’s worth, I don’t care for the martial imagery either. When cooler heads are prevailing, a discussion about the merits and demerits of its use seems entirely in order. Having said that, it’s entirely out of order to accuse the Wilsons of being “overtly misogynistic” or of “advocacy of rape” or of hating women or of promoting a “rape culture”. If you want someone to consider unintended connotations of their words, hurling those kinds of accusations seems a poor way to do it.
Read the rest of Matt’s post here.