If I told you a man in Virginia had Bible verses written on the back of his truck, you might think of a stereotypical Bible Belt Christian. You’d be very wrong.
The back of Tom Hicks‘ truck paraphrases 1 Corinthians 14:34: Women shall be silent and submissive. But he’s not putting it there because he wants women to be silent and submissive.
Instead, he wants Christians to understand that there are awful things written in their Bible.
“The reason I put this particular message on, I want people to read the Bible, I want them to see this message and say is that true,” he said.
“Right now I don’t believe there’s a God so I guess you would say I’m an Atheist,” he said.
“[The Bible is] a hateful, hateful piece of work which Christians try to turn around and they talk about love,” he added.
“Hopefully people will read it and learn for themselves, these preachers and priests and ministers, they’re making stuff up,” he said.
His plan is working. Check out this reaction from someone who saw the back of Hicks’ truck:
“It concerns me that something like this has become accepted in some ways,” she said. “And that it’s ok for folks to feel free to show such hateful and misogynistic thoughts.”
Don’t blame the driver. Blame the book he’s quoting.
My favorite part of this story is that WTVR news got a Baptist pastor to go on camera to defend the Bible verse in question. His response?
“The very person who wrote that passage of scripture in Corinthians, also wrote in Ephesians that husbands are to love their wives just as Christ loved the church, which is an unconditional love, and it’s a sacrificial love,” [Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Pastor Joel] Anthony added.
That’s a weak defense. As any Complementarian will tell you, you can love your wife while still thinking her value is only as great as her uterine output and that she should remain subservient in certain parts of life.
So hats off to Tom Hicks for getting people to talk about the nasty verses in the Bible. He says he may swap out that verse for other ones in the future. Even if it means he has to endure more drivers giving him the middle finger while on the road.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)