Hashtag about Christian women unleashes torrent of emotions

"Ambition isn't godly." #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear
— Sarah Bessey (@sarahbessey) April 19, 2017

"You are an amazing leader!  

#ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear "I know the guy who you say assaulted you. #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear
— Margaret (@SingleandSane1) April 19, 2017

Men shared things too (when they weren’t trolling the hashtag). #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear Be aware and be better, y'all. You'd make an excellent pastor's wife someday!" #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear
— Sarah Bessey (@sarahbessey) April 19, 2017

Maybe it was a publicity stunt to drive up sales of her book, or garner more Twitter followers. He's a good Christian and wouldn't do that."
— April's Fool (@Nose_Boop1) April 19, 2017

It's not that we think women are inferior, it's just that women are called to be submissive to men. She gave thanks that the men in her life encourage her, but then added, “we still need to speak about freedom and expose the lies and amplify the voices of women who have too often been silenced.”

  The #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear discussion is a heartbreaking, eye-opening glimpse at how badly American Christians have bungled gender
— chrisicisms (@cdubbs727) April 19, 2017

Another had a message for his brothers in Christ:

It would be a good thing for fellow Christian men to read through this hashtag. “This hashtag is pulling back the curtain on the everyday lived experiences of women within the Church,” she wrote. Certainly, it released a flood of pent-up frustrations from women. (RNS) What a Christian author started on a whim rapidly turned into a whirlwind. — Barnabas Piper (@BarnabasPiper) April 19, 2017

By Wednesday morning (April 19), Bessey took to her Facebook page to reflect on the outpouring (she did not immediately respond to a reporter’s call). Sarah Bessey, author of “Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Review the Bible’s View of Women,” created a Twitter hashtag on Tuesday (April 18) called #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. She kicked it off with a couple things that have been addressed to her.