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Ten years ago, in one of the earliest viral Youtube videos, comedian and vlogger Chris Crocker told the world to “leave Britney Spears alone!” I wish Chris Crocker would make another video for Jen Hatmaker, the target of choice for neo-Calvinist think-pieces. In the latest version, the Gospel Coalition deconstructs what it calls Jen Hatmaker’s “Deconversion Story” (you can google it since I’m not going to give them free clicks).
Now I imagine the guy who wrote it is not trying to be an internet bully per se. He was probably just trying to score a viral hit off Jen Hatmaker’s name the way I might have done with Mark Driscoll 4 years ago (and he’s getting a lot more views than I ever got). The basic gist of the argument he’s trying to make is that Jen Hatmaker is unfair to evangelicals (who have attacked her savagely since she went public with LBGTQ affirmation) in how she tells her story.
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What’s interesting about the deconversion story that he attributes to Hatmaker is how remarkably analogous it is to the evangelical conversion story. (It’s almost like he’s projecting his own storytelling sensibilities onto Jen Hatmaker.) Those of us who grow up evangelical are trained to narrate our lives as exhibiting a dramatically stark contrast before and after we got saved. Before we’re saved, we’re part of “the world,” an undifferentiated mass of people who are irredeemably wicked and lost because they haven’t accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and savior yet. There is no nuance in total depravity. Everyone who hasn’t accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and savior deserves to be tortured forever in ****, which has to be accounted for in your conversion story.
Not only do evangelicals define themselves against “the world,” but they are equally concerned with defining themselves...
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