MISSOURI - The year is 2021 but the medieval thinking of some men today might amaze you. A Missouri pastor got into trouble because of the controversy created by his sexist and misogynistic comments about women last Sunday.
Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark of Missouri’s Malden First General Baptist Church said in his Sunday Sermon that women should look to maintain their figures and they should lose weight to keep their husband’s attention. He used former first Lady Melania Trump in his presentation as an example to show the norm of what women should aspire to and how they should behave.
“Now look, I’m not saying every woman can be the epic, epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump. I’m not saying that at all, Most women can’t be trophy wives, but you know, maybe you’re a participation trophy. I don’t know, but all I can say is not everybody looks like that. Amen! Not everybody looks like that. But you don’t need to look like a butch either.” - said Pastor Clark showing the photo of former First Lady Melanie Trump on the screen during his presentation.
Pastor Clark also requested the gathering to understand that a man needs to have a beautiful wife by his side. Clark also claimed this idea is “so important” that a friend of his has put a weight limit on his wife after which he would divorce her.
“Ladies, it’s the way God made us. It’s the way we are. Men are going to look. He made us look. You want them to be looking at you. Don’t let yourself go,” said Pastor Clark.
As per Pastor Clark, “Men have a need for their women to look like women. Sweatpants don’t cut it all the time. Wearing flip flops and pajamas to Walmart – that ain’t going to work. Ain’t nothing attractive about that. It’ ain’t. And men want their wives to look good at home and in public, can I get an Amen!”
Continuing on his sexist and misogynist rant, Pastor Clark said, “Listen, ladies, we are not lust monsters. We’re not that lust monster that chases you around the bed every night. We can’t help ourselves. God made us this way. He made us this way. Listen can I just tell you this? This may never pass your mind when you’re saying ‘I do,’ but I’m going to tell you it does his. It’s the main reason he married you.”
And finally while finishing his sermon, what could only have sounded funny in Clark's own head, he finished the sermon cracking this poor joke
"Scientists have discovered, by the way, food that diminishes the woman’s sex drive. It’s called ‘the wedding cake."
Later that morning, Artist Reagan Williams, a member of Mr. Clark’s church, posted this 22 minutes sermon video on Facebook saying “On this lovely Sunday morning I spent my time getting ready listening to a head pastor in Malden who so nonchalantly decided to exercise pastoral abuse towards women. I believe he hasn’t been reprimanded, taught better, or held accountable for his actions, and that is so desperately needed."
The post got a lot of public attention and many people commented on the post slamming the pastor to be sexist misogynist, and someone triggering negative tropes about women and men. The post was shared over 5000 times and had approximately 5000 comments.
As things started to get hot and Pastor Clark's comments heavily criticized, the General Baptist Ministries in Missouri responded to the controversy through a post on their Facebook page.
“General Baptists believe that every woman was created in the image of God, and they should be valued for that reason. Furthermore, we believe that all individuals regardless of any other factors are so loved by God that Christ died for them, The sermon included comments that are not consistent with the positions and values of General Baptists.”
The response post also added that Clark will no longer moderate an upcoming meeting for the General Association of General Baptist. Last Tuesday, Clark’s church posted a statement saying he had taken a leave of absence and is seeking professional counseling.
It doesn't matter how big the advancements our society has made over the past several decades towards women's rights and equality, there are some men that still think that women are just eye candy and are beneath men for some reason. And to make matter worse, some of these men have public platforms that can influence the mind of the younger generation through sermons or public speeches. Fortunately, the power of social media was at full display and forced the church to take action against Pastor Clark.