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Dispute over Christian YouTuberin

Jana believes in God. The Evangelical Church in Germany knew how to use this for itself and hired the Poetry Slam as an influencer with her own YouTube channel. But Jana also believes that women should submit to men. This is now becoming a problem for Protestants.

The excitement story begins on March 8th, International Women's Day. Jana Highholder discusses the role of women on her YouTube channel with pastor and Christian and World columnist Hanna Jacobs. Highholder quotes Paul with the sentence that women should submit to men, and explains that she would like to submit to a man who, according to the biblical invitation, loves her as much as Christ loves the church. She wants a partner who represents joint decisions within the marriage to the outside world and who will lead her “closer to the cross”. “For me, a man is the head of the family,” she continues.

Too conservative for the Evangelical Church?

Shortly after the conversation, the first critics of this point of view began to rise on Twitter. The Zeit supplement Christ und Welt is now making Highholder the topic again and in the current issue asks: “Is it wise that someone without theological basic training is on an official EKD mission?” And: “Is Jana with her conservative faith at all the right ambassador to interest the YouTube generation in the church? ”The YouTuber is known to have previously attended a Free Evangelical Congregation.

Among other things, Hanna Jacobs, the interviewee at the time on the program on International Women's Day, has a say. She sharply criticizes highholders, calling her a “Trojan influencer” who represents “biblical and evangelical positions” on behalf of the Evangelical Church and is “far away” from the “evangelical mainstream”. It almost calms them that highholder clicks are relatively low.

The deputy editor-in-chief of Christ und Welt, Merle Schmalenbach, also criticized the YouTube channel. A modern church should not present itself with antiquated images of women. "Those who approve of the subordination of women as a young person are in the minority - in a parallel universe," writes the journalist. The church wants to be modern and cool, but cannot do this "if its figurehead spreads a chilling image of women".

Questions to which the official churches do not have an answer

Former World Editor-in-Chief Johann Michael Möller has a positive opinion: “Jana Highholder says what sounds uncomfortable to our ears today.” He is impressed by her conservative-looking and at the same time quick-witted attitude: “For me, this woman embodies a generation that asks questions, but receives no more answers from the official churches. "

The Christ-und-Welt columnist Erik Flügge is annoyed by "Jana believes", but admits that the show hits a nerve. A basic problem of church communication is that “everything that is not personally pleasing” is attacked theologically and dismissed as “too flat”, “too conservative”, “too liberal” or “too undifferentiated”.

From: Anna Lutz