Southern Baptist President J. D. Greear has come out swinging against anyone criticizing Vice President Harris by calling her or comparing her to “Jezebel,” declaring it to be a “racial stereotype” and that those who use it are “unwise” and in “sin.”
The forceful condemnation was precipitated by Pastor Tom Buck, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Lindale, Texas saying on social media, “I can’t imagine any truly God-fearing Israelite who would’ve wanted their daughters to view Jezebel as an inspirational role model because she was a woman in power.”
Though the remark caused a national firestorm, it’s important to point out that Buck did not call Harris a “Jezebel” but simply referenced her in comparison.
Jezebel, of course, was a pagan queen who married the Israelite king Ahab, himself one who “did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him.” She is notoriously famous for her idolatry and bloodthirsty antagonism toward God and his prophets, having developed a reputation for killing and murdering them, including threatening to take out Elijah after he faced down and killed 850 pagan prophets.
Because she became the historical archetype for wickedness, she is also mentioned in Revelation 2, where Jesus tells the church in Thyatira:
I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.
Not only did this result in Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Danny Aiken saying that Buck’s comments were “disappointing” and “uncalled for,” but J. D. Greear stepped into the ring. He argued that the label “Jezebel” was a historical racist trope when used against a person of color and condemned the comments and any comparisons being made, prompting some to ask where he made similar condemnations against name-calling regarding Mike Pence.
Those who support Buck have pointed out that they are not making the comments because she is ethnically multiracial, but rather they are comparing her acts, views, and policies as the standard-bearer of the Democrat Party, and one who represents an absolute commitment to abortion, LGBTQ normalization and promotion, the destruction of the family, infringement on religious protection, and the erasure of gendered distinctive, to other similar evil figures like Jezebel.
They say it’s not a race thing – it’s a behavior thing, and question whether or not only people of color may not be compared to Jezebel, but it’s fine for white folk.
Furthermore, they point out if it is a “personal attack” to call someone a “Jezebel,” then Jesus himself is guilty of that and question whether Greear should be giving similar admonitions to our Lord. And not only to Jezebel, but he called Herod a “fox,” making at least one more “personal attack” and doubling up on his need for repentance.
Others are questioning the narrative that anyone is really using and understanding “Jezebel” in a racist way, with well-known feminist online Magazine Jezebel endorsing her, or if this is simply a cudgel to beat up on anyone criticizing the newly minted VP.
Lastly, some have noted that these scriptures tell Christians to pray for and submit to their leaders, even the evil ones, but nowhere does it say they must “honor” their leaders or “honor” the government.
One meme-ster has seemed to sum it all up nicely: